The mother of a woman police say was slain last month by her police-officer husband is seeking a restraining order against the son of the man who authorities say shot her daughter dead.
However, the Glynn County Magistrate Court granted a continuance Wednesday of the request by Debra Gann to seek a restraining order against Bryce Sasser, the son of Robert “Cory” Sasser. The elder Sasser was the suspended Glynn County Police lieutenant who authorities say killed himself after killing Katie Kettles Sasser and her male friend, Johnny Hall Jr.
Gann is the mother of Katie Kettles. Kettles was the estranged wife of Cory Sasser on June 28 when police say he killed her and Hall at Hall’s McIntosh County residence. Sasser then led law enforcement on a slow-speed pursuit to the driveway of his home in western Glynn County before shooting himself in the chest before dawn the next day.
Wrix McIlvaine, the lawyer for Gann, expressed disappointment that the court did not issue a “temporary or emergency restraining order.” In the Good Behavior Affidavit filed by his client in Glynn County Magistrate Court, Gann alleges Bryce Sasser has developed anger issues over his father’s death. She alleges also that Bryce Sasser blamed Katie Kettles for his father’s death.
“He is extremely angry and has accused my daughter (Katie Kettles) of being the one that caused his father’s death,” Gann wrote in the affidavit.
The affidavit alleges Bryce Sasser contacted Gann by phone to tell her that his father had just killed John Hall. Gann alleges Sasser told her that he intended to take her and his young stepson to another town. When Gann declined, Sasser allegedly arrived at her home uninvited.
Gann alleges Bryce Sasser then followed her as she left her home with her grandson. Gann alleges she stopped at a convenience store and contacted police, who detained Bryce Sasser so that she could leave without being followed, according to the affidavit.
“He called and said he needed to come get me and (his stepbrother) because his dad had just shot and killed a man,” Gann wrote in the affidavit. “I hung up, called 911 and he came to the house ... We stopped at a Parker’s and ask(ed) the police escort to make him stop following us. (An) officer stayed with Bryce until we could go to an undisclosed location.”
McIlvaine said Gann seeks to prevent Bryce Sasser from contacting her while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues its investigation of the double-murder suicide. The affidavit states that Glynn County Sheriff Neal jump told Bryce Sasser on June 29 to cease contact with Gann.
“He continues to make unwelcome contact with Ms. Gann and we are seeking to stop him from further contact until such time as the circumstances surrounding the murder of Katie Kettles and John Hall are fully investigated,” McIlvaine said in an email.
McIlvaine seeks a hearing on the matter “to put our concerns on the record and for the Court to put the reason for the recusal on the records,” according to his email Wednesday afternoon.
Bryce Sasser was hired by the Brunswick Police Department on June 16 and is presently an officer-in-training.
Magistrate Judge Jennifer Lewis granted the continuance Wednesday at the request of Savannah attorney Dow Bonds, who is representing Bryce Sasser. Bonds requested the continuation in order “to adequately prepare for the hearing,” according to the court document. Lewis is a Camden County Magistrate Court judge, who appointed herself as judge of the case earlier this month, McIlvaine said.
Gann first sought the restraining order on June 29, McIlvaine said.
“Justice delayed is justice denied,” McIlvaine said.
A 17-year veteran of the county police department, Cory Sasser’s run-ins with the law began early on the morning of May 13 when he created a disturbance at Katie Kettles’ Promenade Place residence in Glynn County. The two had been separated for several months at the time, according to police reports.
He was arrested and released on $4,800 bond the next day on charges of simple battery and criminal trespass. Cory Sasser forced a standoff with county police and Georgia State Patrol SWAT team members in western Glynn County later in the week when police tried to arrest him for possessing firearms in violation of his bond release.
That incident ended in the predawn hours of May 18 with Cory Sasser kicking two county police officers before being subdued with a stun gun. A magistrate judge released him June 24 on $5,000 bond, provided he leave Glynn County immediately and not return except for court dates. He was to possess no firearms and have no contract with Katie Kettles. Cory Sasser was to live with a sister in Theodore, Ala., and seek treatment for PTSD.
Cory Sasser returned June 26 to attend a court appearance for divorce proceedings with Katie Kettles. Although he was supposed to leave the county immediately afterward, Cory Sasser had a confrontation with his estranged wife and John Hall at a restaurant later that night.
After the double-murder suicide three nights later, law enforcement found two rifles, a shotgun and a handgun inside his leased Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.
In her affidavit filed in Magistrate Court, Gann alleges Bryce Sasser’s present emotional state worries her.
“I honestly feel he is very angry and wants to hurt my family.”