The wife of a Cherokee County man, attorney Gary Farris, whose burned body was discovered at the couple’s Free Home community property nearly a year ago has been charged in his death.

According to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jay Baker:

Melody Farris, 59, of Free Home, was arrested in Tullahoma, Tennessee on Tuesday night where she was staying with a friend. Farris is charged with malice murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and concealing the death of another.

On July 5, 2018, Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to 2155 Purcell Lane in the Free Home community after human remains were located on the property. The remains, which were burned extensively, were later identified as Gary Farris, 58, a metro-Atlanta area attorney who owned the property at 2155 Purcell Lane.

In analyzing crime scene evidence, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined that Gary Farris was killed by a gunshot wound and listed his manner of death as homicide.

“A .380 caliber bullet was recovered from the charred remains of the victim. This investigation remains ongoing, but at this time no firearm has been recovered,” Baker said Wednesday morning.

Detectives recovered evidence indicating Melody Farris shot and killed her husband inside their home and then tried to dispose of his body and evidence by burning it on their Purcell Lane property.

The couple’s 10-acre property includes a pond, creek, several pastures and an extensive amount of wooded area. The property is listed for sale for $1.2 million and has been on the market for about nine months, according to the real estate website Zillow,

Gary Farris was a partner at the Atlanta-based Burr & Forman law firm, which he founded in 1995, according to the firm’s website. He practiced in Georgia and Alabama, representing banks and other lenders, including Wells Fargo Bank and Regions Bank.

Melody Farris was in custody on Wednesday at the Coffee County jail in Tennessee being held without bond.

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