Lt. Steve Rose, public information officer for Sandy Springs Police Department, said Shani Strickland-Fecht was found dead in her Isuzu Rodeo near the entrance of the Preserve of Dunwoody apartment complex. Rose said the victim had multiple gunshot wounds.
According to witnesses reports, which Rose said were very consistent, Fechts son, Alexander Cordell, was waiting in his green Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot of the complex. When Fecht entered, he opened fire with a 9-mm carbine into her vehicle.
Rose said a vehicle matching the assailants description was spotted by the assistant manager of the apartment complex later that evening in an shopping center. Members of the SWAT team were contacted at a nearby gas station and Cordell was arrested around 10:30 p.m.
Rose said Cordell did not resist arrest and has waved his first court hearing. He has been charged with murder. The next step is a grand jury indictment.
Rose said the motive behind the murder is still being investigated and that Cordell has been cooperative with the process. Cordell is Fechts son from a previous marriage. He added that it is the departments understanding that Fecht planned to move to Florida with her current husband.