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2018-06-21 14:18:14
Divorce lawyer is shot and killed by his client’s estranged husband, police say

A 41-year-old divorce lawyer in Cartersville, Georgia, was shot and killed Wednesday.

Police responded to reports of a shooting and found lawyer Antonio Mari dead in his law offices on Wednesday afternoon, report the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cartersville Patch and 11Alive. The suspect, 33-year-old Walter Samuel Radford, was found dead at his home, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mari had represented Radford’s wife in divorce proceedings. The divorce case was heard Wednesday morning.

Mari had spent 10 years as a high school history teacher in Bartow County, Georgia, before he graduated from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, according to his law firm website. In his practice, he handled bankruptcies, criminal defense, divorces and personal injury cases.

One of Mari’s friends, lawyer Lester Tate, called Mari “a great credit to the legal profession” in a Facebook post. “The practice of law is a high calling and, lest we forget, a sometimes dangerous one,” wrote Tate, a past president of the State Bar of Georgia.