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Local Georgia Man Arrested in Cold Murder Case

Posted by Richard Lawson | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta, Ga. – A local Georgia man has been arrested in a cold case that has been unsolved since 2002. He has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, feticide, and first-degree arson.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported that in 2002, witnesses discovered a burned home and called authorities. Inside the home were three bodies – the female had been 8 and a half months pregnant.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus today's post on an offense that isn't seen often – feticide as it is written in the Georgia Code.

Feticide in Georgia

The Georgia Code defines feticide in Georgia as:

A person commits the offense of feticide if he or she willfully and without legal justification causes the death of an unborn child by any injury to the mother of such child, which would be murder if it resulted in the death of such mother, or if he or she, when in the commission of a felony, causes the death of an unborn child. O.C.G.A. §16-5-80(b).

Feticide is a felony offense in Georgia. person convicted of the offense of feticide shall be punished by life in prison.

Practice Note

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is still asking for help with this case. They are requesting that the public reach out with any information.

And always, if you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime, contact our offices today.

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Richard Lawson

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