Woman found guilty of weapons charge and involuntary manslaughter
by Brande Poulnot
Oct 03, 2010 | 2689 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After more than five hours of deliberation following an emotional four-day trial, a jury Friday announced guilty verdicts in the case of Lakeisha Arnita Talley, 24. Talley was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the July 26, 2009, death of 19-year-old Lane Alan Gann Jr. of Acworth.

Talley is set to be sentenced Oct. 12 and was taken to jail after the verdict.

According to the evidence presented in court, Talley and Gann met the night preceding Gann's death, which was caused by a gunshot wound the chest. The .22 Magnum round, fired by Talley who had her boyfriend's rifle at an Acworth party, killed Gann almost instantly. His heart was perforated several times.

The jury found Talley was criminally negligent and either intoxicated or reckless with the firearm or both. Talley's attorney argued the shooting was an accident and that Talley, who said she carried the rifle for protection from a man who allegedly threatened her sister, was not intoxicated, although evidence indicated she had been drinking.

Talley did not take the stand during trial but said in a police interview she tried to fire the gun in a different direction, but it went off and hit Gann. The two had been discussing the firearm, and witnesses said Gann, who thought it was a BB gun, issued a challenge to fire the weapon, which is designed for small game hunting.

Other trials presided over by Superior Court Judges Shepherd Howell and David Smith include:

* Garland Lee Burson, 20, who is currently incarcerated, was found not guilty of three counts of failure to register as a sex offender. In separate cases, he later pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to register as a sex offender.

Burson was sentenced to 15 years, 12 months of which he was ordered to serve in jail. He was credited nine months for time already served.

* David Monroe Millwood, 43, of 24 Hartleywood Drive, Kennesaw, was found not guilty of battery.

* Jeffery Lee Willis, 61, of 112 N. Erwin St., Apt. 13, in Cartersville was found not guilty to two counts of driving under the influence and duty upon striking a fixed object.