Arrest made in 1991 cold case murder of Cathy Glass

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Cobb District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes and Cobb Police Chief Tim Cox announced that an arrest has been made in the 1991 murder of Cathy Glass, due to the work of the Cobb County Police Department and the DA Office’s Cold Case Unit.

According to a press release from the District Attorney’s office, Trent Allen Brown, now 55, was arrested in Indiana and charged with malice murder, aggravated assault, and burglary in the case.

The press release describes the crime as follows:

The charges stem from May 18, 1991, when Glass – who was in her early 30s – was found dead in her apartment at 15 Booth Road, in Marietta. Responding officers found Glass’s body lying in a hallway in a pool of blood, and her apartment had been ransacked. Evidence collected at the scene included a palm print. At the time of the crime, the print did not match anyone in the law enforcement database. Within recent weeks, the print was tested again by Cobb Police, and matched to Brown.

Brown is currently incarcerated in Plainfield Correctional Facility in Indiana for burglary, and Cobb County authorities will seek his extradition to Georgia.

“Twenty-eight years is a long time for a family to wait to find out what happened to their loved one, but there is no statute of limitations on murder,” Holmes said. “My office will move expeditiously to bring Mr. Brown to justice.” 

Cox said: “Each piece of evidence in every case is important in its own way. Though a long time coming, we are thankful evidence collected early in this case has helped justice continue to move forward. We are proud of the continued effort of our detectives along with investigators in the District Attorney’s Office.”

The press release describes Cobb’s Cold Case Unit as follows:

The Cold Case Unit in the DA’s Office was created in 2013, and all Cobb-based law enforcement agencies have been invited to participate in reviews of unsolved murders and sex crimes. This is the 10th death case cleared by arrest after review and recommendations by the unit.

Anyone with information about any unsolved murder or sex crime in the Cobb County can provide information anonymously. The Cold Case Unit tipline number is 770-528-3032; the email is coldcase@cobbcounty.org.

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