Christian Boone

Reporter for Enterprise

Christian Boone joined the AJC as night cops reporter in 2008. He was assigned the public safety beat in 2013 and has covered some of the most notorious crime stories of the last 10 years, including the Dunwoody day care shooting, the Valdosta gym mat death and the Justin Ross Harris saga. An Atlanta native, Boone graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science and later attended the University of Southern California's Graduate Screenwriting Program.

Latest from Christian Boone

Atlanta police still struggling to recruit, retain officers
 It has become an annual problem that’s only getting worse for Atlanta police. “We’re certainly in a heightened alert headed to a crisis,” said Ken Allen, a retired Atlanta officer still active with the police union. With 266 openings, APD is about 13 percent shy of its authorized force of 2,039 officers. The department...

Posted: 18 hours ago

It has become an annual problem that’s only getting worse for Atlanta police. “We’re certainly in a heightened alert headed to a crisis,” said Ken Allen, a retired Atlanta officer still active with the police union. With 266 openings, APD is about 13 percent shy of its authorized force of 2,039 officers. The department...
Mother charged with intentionally leaving son in hot car to die
 A year and a day after Justin Ross Harris was found guilty of intentionally killing his son by his leaving him inside a hot car to die, a South Fulton mother finds herself facing similar charges and the possibility of life in prison.  As with Harris, surveillance video figured heavily in the decision to charge Lillian Stone with malice...

Posted: 7 days ago

A year and a day after Justin Ross Harris was found guilty of intentionally killing his son by his leaving him inside a hot car to die, a South Fulton mother finds herself facing similar charges and the possibility of life in prison.  As with Harris, surveillance video figured heavily in the decision to charge Lillian Stone with malice...
Prosecutor: Mother left son inside hot car intentionally
 Home security video contradicted claims by the mother of a 3-year-old boy who died after being left inside a hot car for more than seven hours, a Fulton County police detective testified Tuesday. Lillian Stone told Det. Jamie Gore she left her son, Melvin, inside the car around 12:20 p.m. on Halloween, but security footage from Stone&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Home security video contradicted claims by the mother of a 3-year-old boy who died after being left inside a hot car for more than seven hours, a Fulton County police detective testified Tuesday. Lillian Stone told Det. Jamie Gore she left her son, Melvin, inside the car around 12:20 p.m. on Halloween, but security footage from Stone&rsquo...
Former Cox executive pleads guilty to embezzling company funds
 A former Cox Communications vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to charging nearly $2.4 million for marketing services that never took place. Instead, according to Byung J. Pak, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Janet West, the 47-year-old executive, secretly funneled much of the money back to herself, using her employer&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

A former Cox Communications vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to charging nearly $2.4 million for marketing services that never took place. Instead, according to Byung J. Pak, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Janet West, the 47-year-old executive, secretly funneled much of the money back to herself, using her employer&rsquo...
Former Cox executive pleads guilty to embezzlement
 A former Cox Communications vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling millions of dollars from her employer.  Byung J. Pak, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia  said Janet West used her assistant’s corporate credit card to pay for phantom marketing services. In fact, West funneled much of the stolen...

Posted: 8 days ago

A former Cox Communications vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling millions of dollars from her employer.  Byung J. Pak, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia  said Janet West used her assistant’s corporate credit card to pay for phantom marketing services. In fact, West funneled much of the stolen...
Teen pleads guilty, gets 30 years for killing community activist
 As crime closed in around Barney Simms’ southwest Atlanta home, the longtime community activist dug in, even after he was the victim of a robbery in July 2015. Less than a year later, his lifeless body would be found behind a towering hedgerow he had planted some 20 years earlier. A troubled teen allegedly shot and killed...

Posted: 9 days ago

As crime closed in around Barney Simms’ southwest Atlanta home, the longtime community activist dug in, even after he was the victim of a robbery in July 2015. Less than a year later, his lifeless body would be found behind a towering hedgerow he had planted some 20 years earlier. A troubled teen allegedly shot and killed...
Teen sentenced to 30 years in community leader’s death 
 An Atlanta teen-ager will serve 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in the shooting death of civil rights activist Barney Simms. Eric Banks, 17 at the time, was convinced by his mother to turn himself six days after the April 2016 shooting Simms outside his home. She had recognized her son from surveillance footage captured at...

Posted: 9 days ago

An Atlanta teen-ager will serve 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in the shooting death of civil rights activist Barney Simms. Eric Banks, 17 at the time, was convinced by his mother to turn himself six days after the April 2016 shooting Simms outside his home. She had recognized her son from surveillance footage captured at...
Loving mother or child killer? Conflicting accounts emerge in latest hot car death
 To those who know her, Lillian Stone is a devoted mother who has always gone the extra mile for her two sons.  But after her youngest child, 3-year-old Melvin, died Saturday after being left strapped inside his car seat for more than three hours earlier last week, a different portrait has emerged.  Fulton County police say they...

Posted: 13 days ago

To those who know her, Lillian Stone is a devoted mother who has always gone the extra mile for her two sons.  But after her youngest child, 3-year-old Melvin, died Saturday after being left strapped inside his car seat for more than three hours earlier last week, a different portrait has emerged.  Fulton County police say they...
‘Loving, devoted’ mom accused of purposely leaving son inside hot car
 On the day 3-year-old Melvin Stone died, seven of his teachers from College Park’s Elite School were at the hospital offering prayers for the child and support for his mother, who police say had left him in her hot car for more than three hours. Lillian Stone, the teachers said, was among the most devoted parents they ever encountered...

Posted: 13 days ago

On the day 3-year-old Melvin Stone died, seven of his teachers from College Park’s Elite School were at the hospital offering prayers for the child and support for his mother, who police say had left him in her hot car for more than three hours. Lillian Stone, the teachers said, was among the most devoted parents they ever encountered...
A Georgia man’s long walk leads to a fatal encounter with police
 Since 2010, at least 14 Georgians have died following altercations with law enforcement involving Tasers. Now, criminal charges appear likely against the police officers who wielded the stun guns in one of those cases. A prosecutor said he plans to bring murder charges against three Washington County sheriffs’ deputies who used a Taser...

Posted: 14 days ago

Since 2010, at least 14 Georgians have died following altercations with law enforcement involving Tasers. Now, criminal charges appear likely against the police officers who wielded the stun guns in one of those cases. A prosecutor said he plans to bring murder charges against three Washington County sheriffs’ deputies who used a Taser...
Fort claims ‘politics’ behind campaign aide’s arrest
 Mayoral candidate Vincent Fort said the arrest Tuesday of one of his top campaign surrogates “reeks of politics” -- an allegation police roundly rejected.  Community activist Tim Franzen, a vocal Fort supporter who previously acted as a spokesman for the Occupy Atlanta movement, was pulled over shortly before 2 p.m....

Posted: 15 days ago

Mayoral candidate Vincent Fort said the arrest Tuesday of one of his top campaign surrogates “reeks of politics” -- an allegation police roundly rejected.  Community activist Tim Franzen, a vocal Fort supporter who previously acted as a spokesman for the Occupy Atlanta movement, was pulled over shortly before 2 p.m....