At the time, neighbors told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they heard gunshots and then saw Hess walk out the home's front door. He told them in a fake British accent that his mother had had "a bit of a fall." They called the cops.
From there, police said, Hess drove his mother's Mazda to Extra Space Storage on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. That's where authorities say he stabbed 53-year-old William Haynes for his car. Haynes was a longtime arts teacher and Alpharetta band leader who'd taught at E. Rivers Elementary School nearly 30 years.
Police said Hess drove Haynes’ red Audi S5 back to the Bridle Path townhouse where he’d supposedly shot his mother.
A neighbor saw Hess return and called 911. The standoff started and ended peacefully soon after.
Hess remains in Cobb County jail without bond.
Justin Hess is charged not only with killing his mother Saturday night, but also killing a beloved music teacher who investigators said was in the wrong place at the wrong time.