Friday, August 3, 2012
Check out these Patch headlines from communities not far from Cumming and Forsyth County.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Andrea Sneiderman Charged In Murder Of Husband - Dunwoody Patch Andrea Sneiderman has been charged with murder, insurance fraud and perjury in connection with the shooting death of her husband, Rusty Sneiderman. The indictments were announced by the DeKalb County’s District Attorney Robert James on Thursday afternoon. "We seek justice for anyone who lost a loved one in DeKalb County," said DeKalb DA Robert James. Sneiderman was a key figure in the trial of Hemy Neuman, her former boss at GE Energy in Marietta, who was convicted in March of killing Rusty Sneiderman. See Dunwoody Patch for more on this story. DA-Elect: Juveniles in Pipe Bomb Case to Be 'Handled As Juveniles' - Canton-Sixes Patch Based on the evidence she's seen so far, …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Peter Delaney who was also charged with felony-murder and first-degree arson was found not guilty on all charges.
Update: 2-28-12, 3:45 p.m. (details of verdict and sentencing) A Forsyth County jury has found 35-year old Jill Smith guilty of killing her husband in a fire that started in the master bedroom of the couple's home located in a south Forsyth County subdivision in 2010. The medical examiner confirmed Mr. Smith’s death was due to a combination of smoke inhalation and thermal burns. After a day and a half of jury deliberations a verdict was reached and read by the jury foreman Tuesday morning (see video above) in the packed courtroom of Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson. Trial testimony centered on Forsyth County fire investigators, firefighters, and witnesses. The state argued that the fire was intentionally set, while …
An Alpharetta man was found not guilty in the case by the same Forsyth County jury in the death of Michael Smith.
Jill Smith has been found guilty of murder and arson in the death of her husband Michael Smith. Peter Delaney was found not guilty on all charges. Smith was sentenced to life plus 20 years on the charges by Superior Court Judge David Dickinson. Check back here on Cumming Patch for more news from the trial.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
The Sunday afternoon incident happened in a townhome within Centennial Village on Hwy. 9.
A 46-year-old Milton man was being taken to Fulton County Jail on his way to being charged in the shooting death of his stepson at 2:15 p.m. today, Feb. 12. "Our suspect's name is Eric Brandon, age 46. He shot his 16-year-old stepson," said Capt. Shawn McCarty of the Milton Police Department. The shooting happened at 3153 Genesis Way in Milton, in the Habitat for Humanity community across from the Target shopping center on Hwy. 9. McCarty said at 5 p.m. that the suspect was on his way to jail. "He is not speaking to us. He will be charged with murder," McCarty said. Both the victim and suspect lived in the home with other family members, but no other family was at home at the time. "There was a friend from next door. He was upstairs when …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
A local news story of a kidnapped and murdered little girl has parents worried. Join us in our discussion on keeping kids safe with this week's Moms Talk.
My poor children will be 25 before I will be OK with them wanting to walk down the street alone again. The Alpharetta Moms Council is a group of local moms who chat each week about a topic that has either been sent in to us by a reader who clicked the email the author button or is being asked by one of us. We all give our thoughts and opinions on the subject matter and then turn the table to our Patch readers. We want to hear what you, the reader thinks as well. This week, parents all over Georgia and possible quite a bit further away have been startled. A little girl was kidnapped from her apartment complex and brutally murdered. In such a frightening time, parents are scared to death for their children. This prompts the discussion this …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Christopher Erdman of Cumming was arraigned on eight charges today, including murder, stalking and cruelty to children.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case of a man accused of shooting the mother of his two children during a June custody exchange. Christopher Erdman of Cumming was arraigned today on eight charges: murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated stalking, two counts of cruelty to children and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Authorities said Erdman, 25, allegedly shot Shannon Lawrence of Canton four times in the face and neck on June 5 as the two met in a bank parking lot across from the Birmingham Crossroads shopping center in Milton. Erdman and Lawrence, who never married, used the shopping center as the drop-off point when exchanging their two children. …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Cumming man suspected in shooting death of his children's mother remains in Fulton County Jail.
Today’s first court appearance of a 25-year-old Cumming man charged in connection with the shooting death of his children’s mother was postponed until next Wednesday, according to Fulton County prosecutors. The hearing in Fulton County Superior Court will be the first in a series of pretrial hearings for Christopher Erdman, who allegedly shot Shannon Lawrence of Canton four times in the face and neck on June 5 as the two met in a bank parking lot across from the Birmingham Crossroads shopping center in Milton where they usually met, police said. Erdman and Lawrence, 25, who never married, used the shopping center as the drop-off point when exchanging their two children. Lawrence was laid to rest in Cherokee Memorial Park in Canton on June …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The 25-year-old Canton woman who died after Sunday's fatal custody swap in Milton typed this note to the Forsyth County Superior Court on Jan. 31.
On Jan. 31, Shannon Lawrence asked the Forsyth County Superior Court for a temporary protective order against Christopher Erdman, the father of her children and the man suspected of shooting her four times in the face and neck on Sunday. As part of that petition, which was granted but later dismissed, she typed the words on page 3 of the PDF file with this story. Visitors can pay their respects to the Lawrence family from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Woodstock Funeral Home. A funeral mass has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at St. Michael the Archangel in Woodstock, followed by a procession to Cherokee Memorial Park in Canton. Randy Lawrence, Shannon's father, said that a trust fund has been set up for his two grandchildren, Emma Catherine …
Monday, June 6, 2011
Three Fridays ago, Shannon Lawrence told the Cherokee County Superior Court that she feared for her safety.
Three Fridays ago, Shannon Lawrence told the Cherokee County Superior Court that she feared for her safety. Christopher Erdman, the father of her two children, refused to comply with a March 2 protective order that prevented him from harassing and abusing her, according to her attorney. He "continually" fired off "threatening" and "intimidating" e-mails and texts to the Canton woman, her attorney alleged in a May 13 motion for contempt. "This conduct has caused great concern and fear for the Defendant," the attorney, Michael McLaughlin, wrote. Erdman, 25, was ordered to appear before Cherokee County Superior Court Judge Anthony Baker on June 15 to respond to the allegations and others. Now the Cumming man will appear before a Fulton County…