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Standoff suspect makes first appearance in court
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A Gainesville man charged with terroristic threats, criminal damage to property and reckless conduct had his first appearance before a Hall County magistrate judge on Wednesday.

Justin Talton, 31, opted not to have a probable cause hearing, and a date for his arraignment, at which he’ll enter a plea, has not been set.

Talton was in a standoff with Gainesville police inside his motel room at Motel 6 off U.S. 129 for more than three hours Tuesday.

The exchange, in which shots were fired at police, ended with a peaceful surrender after hostage negotiators were able to talk Talton down, police said.

At his appearance before Judge Margaret Gregory, Talton did not request representation from the public defender’s office and has not yet retained a private attorney.

He is still being held at the Hall County Jail and is not eligible for bond because of the nature of the charges.

Police confirmed Wednesday that Talton’s former wife, Elizabeth Talton, was found dead in her vehicle at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Lanier Park campus April 10. Foul play was not suspected in that case.

Cpl. Joe Britte said police talked with a family member Tuesday who said Talton was “distraught,” but police have not commented on his possible motivation.

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