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FBI Agent’s Son Charged in 1995 Lovers’ Lane Killings

December 7, 1996 GMT

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) _ The son of an FBI agent was charged in the mysterious killings of two college students who were repeatedly shot as they sat in a car on a popular lovers’ lane near a lake.

Andrew Cook, 22, was arrested in the January 1995 slayings of Michele Cartagena, 19, and Grant Hendrickson, 22, Monroe County sheriff’s officials said Friday. He was being held without bail.

Investigators would not speculate on a motive or whether Cook knew the couple. ``We’re still looking at that to see if there’s a connection,″ Sheriff John Bittick said.

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Cook, whose father is Macon-based FBI agent John Cook, was linked to the crime through the two guns used to fire 18 bullets into the victims’ car, authorities said.

One of the weapons, an AR-15 assault-style rifle, was pawned in Macon and changed hands three times before investigators tracked it down, Bittick said. Andrew Cook allegedly sold the other gun, a 9 mm handgun, to a friend; it was recovered Friday.

Tests showed the guns were the ones used in the killings, Bittick said. Investigators had been searching for those types of guns based on the victims’ bullet wounds.

The students, who both attended Mercer University in Macon, were killed just after midnight as they sat in their car on the lovers’ lane near Lake Juliette, about 80 miles south of Atlanta. The case gained national attention when NBC’s ``Unsolved Mysteries″ aired an episode about the crime.