Cathy Glass, 32, was found dead inside her apartment on Booth Road in Marietta on May 18, 1991.
Photo: Cobb County District Attorney's Office
Photo: Cobb County District Attorney's Office

Grand jury indicts man charged in ‘91 killing of Cobb woman

A Cobb County grand jury has indicted a man in an Indiana state prison on charges he fatally stabbed a woman almost 30 years ago in Marietta.

Trent Allen Brown was indicted Thursday on two counts of felony murder and one count each of malice murder, burglary and aggravated assault in the May 1991 stabbing death of Cathy Glass, Cobb County Superior Court records show.

Brown, 55, is currently serving a prison sentence at Plainfield Correctional Facility in Indiana. Court records in Delaware County, Indiana show he was sentenced in May 2018 after pleading guilty to a burglary charge.

According to an arrest warrant secured in October by the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, Brown entered Glass’s apartment on May 18, 1991, “without her permission or authority to do so.”

According to the indictment, Brown stabbed Glass sometime between May 16-18, 1991, with a knife or knife-like object. No details about a motive or the altercation are provided in the warrant, but Glass was stabbed multiple times in the chest.

Trent Allen Brown has been charged in connection with the 1991 fatal stabbing of a Cobb County woman.
Photo: Indiana Department of Corrections

A palm print and other evidence was collected by police, but at the time did not match anyone in the criminal database. However, the print was tested again by Cobb police and came back as a match to Brown in October, the warrant says.

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According to the original incident report released by Cobb police, the 32-year-old woman’s body was found on the floor in the hallway of her apartment. A purse was also found on the living room floor, with its contents dumped next to the bag. 

Witnesses interviewed by police say Glass worked as a waitress at Cracker Barrel on Delk Road in Marietta. 

A man who discovered Glass’s body told police he and a few other neighbors “were worried about the victim and had knocked on the door to her apartment several times the past few days.” He told police the last time he saw Glass was a few days earlier when she was talking on a pay phone.

“He said that she seemed very upset,” according to the officer’s summary in the report. 

Another witness said she saw Glass the morning of Wednesday, May 15, 1991, when she took her to work. A person who saw Glass the following morning also said she “seemed upset.” A few residents interviewed by police said they “heard something like a fight upstairs” in Glass’ apartment. 

The DA’s office said investigators will work to bring Brown back to Georgia as soon as possible to face the new charges, the DA’s office said.

The DA’s Office’s Cold Case Unit was created in 2013, and all Cobb law enforcement agencies can participate in reviews of unsolved murders and sex crimes.

Anyone with information about any unsolved murders or sex crimes in the Cobb County can provide information anonymously by calling 770-528-3032 or emailing coldcase@cobbcounty.org.


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