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Man, 31, charged in double murder of 20-year-old friends found shot inside SUV

Stephen Heller, 31, was charged with the double murder of two 20-year-old men who were found shot inside SUV outside Roswell home, police said.
Stephen Heller, 31, was charged with the double murder of two 20-year-old men who were found shot inside SUV outside Roswell home, police said.
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A 31-year-old man was arrested in the deadly double shooting of two men who were found in an SUV parked outside a home in a Roswell neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Stephen Oliver Heller, of Marietta, was charged with two counts of murder, according to Roswell police. And investigators believe a dispute over money led to the shootings.

Spencer David Long, 20, of Atlanta, and his friend Nicholas Farrell Abry, 20, were shot to death around 3 p.m. inside an SUV parked outside Abry’s home on Lynwood Drive in the upscale Lynwood Place neighborhood, police spokesman Officer Zachary Frommer said.

Several neighbors called police, saying they heard five or more gunshots, Frommer said. When officers arrived they found both men dead inside the vehicle, Frommer said. Long’s body was in the driver’s seat and Abry in the passenger seat, he said.

“It was a targeted attack,” Frommer said. “The suspect got out and shot the victims.”

The shooter fired several shots at the victims while standing to the side of the SUV and then allegedly fled in what police believe is a charcoal gray, new Audi with a paper drive-out tag with blue writing, Frommer said. The car is believed to be an A6 or A8 model, he said.

Police executed a search warrant at the home and were seen coming out of the home carrying possible evidence, including a laptop, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But by that time Heller had been in police custody for hours.

Shortly after the call about the shootings, witnesses reported seeing a reckless driver on Ga. 120 near Coleman Road, Frommer said. The vehicle was similar to the description of the one seen leaving the scene of the shooting, he said.

Officers responded to the area and located the vehicle in the Kroger shopping center parking lot at 900 Marietta Hwy., Frommer said. Heller was arrested on a suspended license and transported to the Roswell Detention Center, he said.

“At the time, it was not immediately clear that the Audi was involved in the homicides and officers and detectives were following up on multiple leads with other similar Audi vehicles,” Frommer said.

But then detectives allegedly found the gun used in the crime as well as the white paper drive-out tag, Frommer said. He did not say where the items were found. But based on witness statements and the evidence found, officers charged Heller with murder.

Heller has been booked into the county jail nine times since 2001 based on charges from five different police agencies, according to Fulton County jail records. The most recent arrest was in late April for misdemeanor battery/family violence charge, but Heller was released 9 days later, the records show.

"It is believed at this time that Heller is the sole participant in the murders and the motive appears to be a money dispute however the investigation will continue," Frommer said.

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