A Free Home woman accused of shooting her husband and burning his body has been granted bond, though as of Wednesday afternoon she remained in the Cherokee County jail.

Farris, 59, is accused of killing her husband, Gary Farris, whose body was found badly burned on the couple’s 10-acre property in July 2018. She has been in jail since June this year on charges of malice murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and concealing a death.

Superior Court Judge David Cannon set the bond for $250,000 with the following conditions: Farris must give up her passport, she is required to wear an ankle monitor and adhere to a curfew, she is to stay with her daughter in Hall County and she is not allowed to contact any witnesses.

Defense attorneys requested a second bond hearing after bond was denied in July. Attorney Michael Ray filed a motion for a new bond hearing, stating that in the event that 90 days passed after the first bond hearing without a grand jury hearing the case Farris was entitled to bond.

According to earlier testimony from a Cherokee Sheriff's Office detective, police found burned remains that were later identified as Gary Farris' on their Purcell Lane property on July 5, 2018. Among other evidence, investigators recovered a bullet from a rib bone and determined the death was a homicide.

Investigator Daniel Hayes testified that Rusty Barton, who admitted a long-term affair with Melody Farris, revealed that she told him her husband's body was "on the burn pile" in a phone conversation the night before authorities found the body.

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’ attorney Michael Ray has said his firm, Grisham and Poole, will be conducting its own investigation into Gary Farris’ death and others who might be responsible for his homicide.

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Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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