Man accused of killing wife, mother of 6, makes court appearance

Walter Lowe made his first court appearance on Sunday.

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. - A lawyer representing a man accused of killing his wife says his client never meant to kill her.

"I think the evidence is going to show this is not a case where my client intentionally caused the loss of his wife," said Torris Butterfield after Walter Lowe, 51, made his first court appearance on Sunday after surrendering to police the day before.

Butterfield wouldn't go into details about what happened Thursday night inside the couple's Snellville home. He says the facts of the case will come out.

"I spent an entire day with Mr. Lowe, we did a surrender here, he's very distraught about this entire situation," said Butterfield.

Lowe is accused of killing Erica Powell, 46, whose body was found by the woman's 12-year-old son this past Thursday night.

Lowe was wanted for aggravated assault, murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was considered armed and dangerous.

Police were called to a home on Medlock Park Drive in unincorporated Snellville shortly after midnight by Powell's son.

The boy had been coming in and out of the home between 5-9 pm. According to police, the child arrived back home around 9 p.m. and saw his stepfather leave the home, but did not notice anything suspicious. Police said the child was in the home from 9 p.m. to midnight unaware that his mother was dead inside the master bedroom.

Lowe has a history of arrests - including one in 2015 for allegedly beating Powell and threatening to kill her.

Butterfield however, paints the picture of a mourning husband, eager to tell his side of the story.

"As we go forward, the whole facts of this case will develop," Butterfield said.

Lowe will remain behind bars for now. He'll be back in court for a hearing on August 1.

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