Suspended Glynn County Police Lt. Robert "Cory" Sasser lied to a Valdosta gun dealer on the afternoon of June 28 when he purchased the shotgun with which he would shoot his estranged wife and her boyfriend dead later that night at the man's McIntosh County home, according to an extensive report released late Thursday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Glynn County District Attorney's Office.
Sasser, 41, then shot himself to death in the driveway of his Glynn County home several hour hours later, the conclusion of a double-murder-suicide that erupted after days of frenzied activity and planning to exact revenge on a man he perceived as an adulterer, the GBI report concludes. After shooting to death Katie Kettles Sasser and John Hall Jr. at Hall's home in the Tolomato Island neighborhood, Sasser, holding the Benelli shotgun he bought that day, told a neighbor: "that is what you get when you sleep with another man's wife," according to the GBI report.
Sasser had driven all the way back from Glynn County to his sister's home in Theodore, Ala., the day before the murders, the GBI reports. He then drove back to the Glynn and McIntosh county area the following day. By then, he had traded in his Ford F150 pickup truck for a Toyota Tacoma at a Savannah car dealership, bought the shotgun in Valdosta, arranged for his cremation with a Brunswick funeral home and made several texts with Hall's wife concerning their respective spouses, according to the GBI report.
"Robert Cory Sasser formed an intention to find and harm John Hall Jr. in the early morning ours of Wednesday, June 27 and engaged in a series of actions over the following 48 hours to that end," the GBI report concluded.
As a result of this investigation, the GBI subsequently filed a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct Thursday against Sasser's oldest son, Robert Bryce Sasser. Agents allege Bryce Sasser was present June 27 when Cory Sasser took firearms from the younger Sasser's Glynn County residence despite a court order preventing him from possessing guns. GBI agents arrested Bryce Sasser on Wednesday afternoon at the Brunswick Police Department, where he had recently been hired as an officer in training, city Police Chief Kevin Jones said Thursday. Bryce Sasser's employment with the police department was terminated following his arrest, Jones said.
Cory Sasser had been court ordered May 23 to stay out of Glynn County, possess no firearms and have no contact with his wife. This followed his arrest May 18 on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer for allegedly kicking two Glynn County police officers in the groin during a standoff in western Glynn County. The standoff resulted when officers attempted to take Sasser into custody for violation conditions of release on charges that stemmed from a May 13 confrontation he had with Katie Kettles Sasser and Hall at Kettle's Promenade Place residence in Glynn County.
Read more about the details released by the district attorney's office and the GBI in Friday's edition of The Brunswick News.