Former Peachtree City Police Office Chief gets misdemeanor charge in New Year’s Day shooting of wife
Grand Jury declines to hand down felony indictments
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — A Fayette County Grand Jury has handed down only a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge on a former Peachtree City Police Chief after he shot his wife on New Year’s Day.
“The gun was in the bed. I went to move it, I put it to the side, then it went off,” former Chief William McCollom told the dispatcher, according to 911 recordings.
His wife survived, but she is being treated for paralysis from the waist down. Aiken Area Progressive will not identify his wife.
Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard said last month that he would pursue the charge against Chief McCollom.
That led to his resignation not only as the top cop in the city, but also from the Peachtree City Police Office force.
“We do believe that the evidence should be presented to a grand jury for the possible charge of reckless conduct since the Chief took a loaded gun to bed with him after ingesting alcohol and sleep medication,” said Mr. Ballard. A phone number listed for McCollom was not in service Wednesday.
Woman charged with murder after crash results in death
GREENSBORO — A young Guilford County woman is now facing murder charges after one of eight people who were injured in a crash last month succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.
Brittany Taylor Perry, 22, of 305 HOME AV, Graham, is charged with second-degree murder a 73-year-old woman died from her injuries. She was originally charged with speeding, driving the wrong way on a dual lane highway, reckless driving to endanger, felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and six counts of aggravated felony serious injury by a vehicle after reportedly driving a Jeep Liberty west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40/85 and striking a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer head-on at 1:06 on March 10.
Prosecutors dropped one count of aggravated felony serious injury by a vehicle in favor of the second-degree murder charge.
Calls of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40/85 were first reported at exit 152 when Ms. Perry was going just 65 mph and ended at exit 129 when she slammed the Trailblazer head-on at 90 mph.
Ms. Perry was one of eight people hospitalized after the incident. She has been at the Guilford County Jail since being discharged from the hospital.
“Fortunately (these types of accidents) don’t happen that often but it was just one of those bad cases,” said A.D. Reed, the lead prosecutor in this case. “This is an incident where an innocent family was heading back to Delaware and they lost their grandmother.”
Bond was raised to $1,500,000.00.
Girl saw man stab her mother to death
SPARTANBURG — A family said a little girl has been scarred for life after an incident that led to a man being jailed for murder.
The victim’s family said the girl, 4, saw Justin Paris, 32, hack her her mother to death. Neither the girl nor the victim’s identity will be revealed on Aiken Area Progressive.
“We just want to know why,” said the victim’s stepbrother. “How could you not only take somebody’s life, but do that in front of a little child?”
Mr. Paris murdered the victim at his residence in Lyman after kidnapping her and her child. He later injured himself while holding his prekindergarten victim hostage. They say he also tried to choke a K-9 during the arrest.
Family members say the surviving victim saw so much that she is now scarred for life, and now she’s going through counseling sessions.
Mr. Paris was not in a sexual relationship with the murder victim. Rather, they were platonic friends.
He was denied bond and remanded to the Spartanburg County Jail.