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Lawyer: Ga. courthouse shooter was to plead guilty

Friday - 6/6/2014, 6:03pm  ET

Law enforcement canvasses the scene in Cumming, Georgia on Friday, June 6, 2014 after a man shot a deputy at the Forsyth County courthouse Friday, before dying in a hail of bullets, officials said. Authorities say Dennis Marx was armed with guns, explosives and other supplies when he arrived at the courthouse Friday morning. He died at the scene after being shot. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Spink) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

KATE BRUMBACK
Associated Press

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) -- A lawyer says the man accused of shooting and wounding a deputy outside a Georgia courthouse had reached a plea deal in a drug case and had been set to plead guilty the morning of his attack.

Dennis Marx had been due in court Friday morning on charges related to his arrest in August 2011. He had been charged with selling marijuana, firearm possession during a felony and other counts.

That same month, authorities filed court papers seeking to seize two dozen handguns and rifles, 71 gun magazines and $24,311 in cash from Marx. The attorney who represented Marx in the civil seizure case, Richard Grossman, says officers found the weapons cache after an undercover officer bought drugs from Marx.

Grossman says another attorney negotiated a "very favorable" plea deal for Marx.


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