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

NEW: APD officer injured in ice-related car accident ID’d
 An Atlanta police officer was released from the hospital Thursday after being struck by a car Wednesday morning on the ice-slicked roads near Lenox Square mall.  The  officer, Kwaneeta Smith, was hit in the median of Lenox Road — where she was working a previous accident — by a parked SUV that was hit by another...

Posted: a day ago

An Atlanta police officer was released from the hospital Thursday after being struck by a car Wednesday morning on the ice-slicked roads near Lenox Square mall.  The officer, Kwaneeta Smith, was hit in the median of Lenox Road — where she was working a previous accident — by a parked SUV that was hit by another...
Fans frustrated after long waits to get into Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 Adam Cohen had a plan all mapped out in hopes of avoiding the long lines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Monday night.  Take MARTA to the Vine City station, across the street from Gate 1. Good idea, but Gate 1 was closed to accommodate President Donald Trump’s arrival at the National College Football Playoff Championship game betweenn...

Posted: 10 days ago

Adam Cohen had a plan all mapped out in hopes of avoiding the long lines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Monday night.  Take MARTA to the Vine City station, across the street from Gate 1. Good idea, but Gate 1 was closed to accommodate President Donald Trump’s arrival at the National College Football Playoff Championship game betweenn...
Giddy UGA fans, confident ‘Bama backers soak up Media Day atmosphere
 From the heart of Crimson Tide country, 17-year-old Hunter Dillard texted his uncle in Thomasville a few days ago pitching a road trip to Atlanta. “It was a joke, really,” said Dillard, who lives near Dothan, Ala. But Jason Bennett called his nephew’s bluff, and at 5 a.m. Saturday they set off on the four-hour drive to Philips...

Posted: 12 days ago

From the heart of Crimson Tide country, 17-year-old Hunter Dillard texted his uncle in Thomasville a few days ago pitching a road trip to Atlanta. “It was a joke, really,” said Dillard, who lives near Dothan, Ala. But Jason Bennett called his nephew’s bluff, and at 5 a.m. Saturday they set off on the four-hour drive to Philips...
Judge temporarily blocks request by Kendrick Johnson’s parents to exhume son’s body
 Five years after his death, Kendrick Johnson’s parents want his body exhumed a second time.  Their request is on hold after a judge granted a 30-day restraining order — effective until Jan. 27 — filed by the city of Valdosta, which owns the cemetery where Johnson is buried.  IN-DEPTH: Kendrick Johnson case...

Posted: 13 days ago

Five years after his death, Kendrick Johnson’s parents want his body exhumed a second time.  Their request is on hold after a judge granted a 30-day restraining order — effective until Jan. 27 — filed by the city of Valdosta, which owns the cemetery where Johnson is buried.  IN-DEPTH: Kendrick Johnson case...
Hiker’s murder still haunts those closest to the case, 10 years later
 It was a case that resonated with just about everyone who followed it. Parents with daughters. Boyfriends and husbands. Outdoor enthusiasts. Women. >> Read more trending news  On New Year’s Day 2008, Meredith Emerson set out for a vigorous hike up Union County’s Blood Mountain with her black Labrador retriever...

Posted: 14 days ago

It was a case that resonated with just about everyone who followed it. Parents with daughters. Boyfriends and husbands. Outdoor enthusiasts. Women. >> Read more trending news  On New Year’s Day 2008, Meredith Emerson set out for a vigorous hike up Union County’s Blood Mountain with her black Labrador retriever...
City vows ‘pronounced’ police presence for championship game

Posted: 14 days ago

City officials voiced confidence Thursday that they are prepared for anything that might accompany Monday’s College Football Playoff Championship, even a last-minute presidential visit. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said that while the city didn’t learn until a few days ago that President Donald Trump would be attending the...
Atlanta vows ‘pronounced’ police presence for championship game
 For more than a year they’ve been crafting a detailed security plan for Atlanta’s latest moment in the national spotlight. But word of President Donald Trump’s plans to attend the College Football Playoff Championship Monday has forced city officials to adjust on the fly. There will be more street closures necessary to accommodate...

Posted: 14 days ago

For more than a year they’ve been crafting a detailed security plan for Atlanta’s latest moment in the national spotlight. But word of President Donald Trump’s plans to attend the College Football Playoff Championship Monday has forced city officials to adjust on the fly. There will be more street closures necessary to accommodate...
Ten years later, hiker’s beheading continues to haunt investigator
 It was bitter cold in early January 2008. But despite the frigid temperature, it seemed like the entire world had come out to search Blood Mountain in North Georgia. They were looking for Meredith Emerson, who had disappeared on a New Year’s Day hike with her dog Ella. It soon became clear that something terrible had happened to...

Posted: 14 days ago

It was bitter cold in early January 2008. But despite the frigid temperature, it seemed like the entire world had come out to search Blood Mountain in North Georgia. They were looking for Meredith Emerson, who had disappeared on a New Year’s Day hike with her dog Ella. It soon became clear that something terrible had happened to...
Trump to visit Atlanta one year after tweets blasting ‘crime-infested’ district
 President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to Atlanta for college football’s national championship game Monday comes nearly one year after he set off a municipal firestorm with a series of tweets denigrating the city as “crime-infested” and in “horrible shape.”  The controversial tweets...

Posted: 15 days ago

President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to Atlanta for college football’s national championship game Monday comes nearly one year after he set off a municipal firestorm with a series of tweets denigrating the city as “crime-infested” and in “horrible shape.”  The controversial tweets...
Ten years later, hiker’s murder still haunts those closest to case
 It was a case that resonated with just about everyone who followed it. Parents with daughters. Boyfriends and husbands. Outdoor enthusiasts. Women. On New Year’s Day 2008, Meredith Emerson set out for a vigorous hike up Union County’s Blood Mountain with her black Labrador retriever mix, Ella. There she encountered a grizzled...

Posted: 21 days ago

It was a case that resonated with just about everyone who followed it. Parents with daughters. Boyfriends and husbands. Outdoor enthusiasts. Women. On New Year’s Day 2008, Meredith Emerson set out for a vigorous hike up Union County’s Blood Mountain with her black Labrador retriever mix, Ella. There she encountered a grizzled...
Grandmother’s generous heart contributed to her death
 She worked the night shift, logging arduous hours in the delicatessen at a south Fulton Publix, nearly an hour’s drive from her Powder Springs home. But Toni Abad never lost her cheerful spirit, and JoLynn Griffin knew it well. Abad stopped by Griffin’s house most every night after she got off work, where the two longtime friends...

Posted: 22 days ago

She worked the night shift, logging arduous hours in the delicatessen at a south Fulton Publix, nearly an hour’s drive from her Powder Springs home. But Toni Abad never lost her cheerful spirit, and JoLynn Griffin knew it well. Abad stopped by Griffin’s house most every night after she got off work, where the two longtime friends...