DENISE TAYLOR, WHO WORKED AT HAWTHORNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN CLAYTON COUNTY, WAS SHOT THROUGH THE HEART AND POLICE DECIDED THAT NO INVESTIGATION WAS NECESSARY.
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By STEVE VISSER
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 03/02/08
A former Fulton County sheriff's major accidentally shot and killed his wife Friday, according to Griffin police. Riley Taylor, 54, was unloading his gun at family function when it discharged, and the bullet struck his 54-year-old wife, Denise, police said. Denise Taylor was flown by medical helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Griffin police spokesman Cpl. Bryan Clanton said. "There is no criminal investigation because there was no criminal intent," Clanton said. Riley Taylor was a veteran of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department under retired Sheriff Jackie Barrett. He retired from a post at the jail as a lieutenant in 2007 after having his rank reduced by Barrett, who was under fire for financial mismanagement of the department and for deficiencies at the jail...
Admittedly from the outside, I am wondering how a demoted police major who (coincidentally?) then retired has now been put in charge of auditing the the whole jail system that he was demoted for having part in. And how can it be known that it wasn't staged as an accident, planned in advance, if it's already decided that there won't be any investigation? Aren't those the kinds of things you take the time to rule out?
The news isn't saying much. The same article is printed everywhere. (No one's interested?) But I did bump into something that may (or may not) tell something of what happened that day, at least from the perspective, allegedly, of those related but not present when Denise was shot:
The initial blog post:
Ex-Georgia Cop Accidentally Shoots Wife Dead
Shooting The Messenger
Monday, March 03, 2008
The comments section to the blog:
...That's my aunt that died. He was with his son, a Clayton County police officer; his son's girlfriend, a Clayton County 911 disbatcher[sic]; and his wife, a Clayton County school teacher...