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

Expert: Georgia inmates in solitary confinement at ‘grave risk of harm’
 Craig Haney, hired to assess conditions in the solitary confinement unit at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, has visited some of the nation’s most dangerous prisons, but nothing could prepare him for what he witnessed on the E Wing. The atmosphere was “as chaotic and out-of-control as any such unit I have seen...

Posted: a day ago

Craig Haney, hired to assess conditions in the solitary confinement unit at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, has visited some of the nation’s most dangerous prisons, but nothing could prepare him for what he witnessed on the E Wing. The atmosphere was “as chaotic and out-of-control as any such unit I have seen...
Bishop Eddie Long accusers penning book detailing sex abuse
 It’s been seven years since four young men went public with accusations that their mentor,  Bishop Eddie Long, used his position, wealth and fame to coerce them into sexual relationships. Now, 18 months after the controversial pastor’s death from an aggressive form of cancer, the alleged victims’ story will finally...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s been seven years since four young men went public with accusations that their mentor,  Bishop Eddie Long, used his position, wealth and fame to coerce them into sexual relationships. Now, 18 months after the controversial pastor’s death from an aggressive form of cancer, the alleged victims’ story will finally...
Atlanta police pay lags behind other metro cities, study says
 At almost every level and rank, Atlanta police are paid below the median rates of their law enforcement peers, with a lower floor, lower ceiling and a longer wait to advance from the bottom to the top, a compensation study commissioned by the Atlanta Police Foundation found. That’s left APD with fewer officers coming — unimpressed...

Posted: 9 days ago

At almost every level and rank, Atlanta police are paid below the median rates of their law enforcement peers, with a lower floor, lower ceiling and a longer wait to advance from the bottom to the top, a compensation study commissioned by the Atlanta Police Foundation found. That’s left APD with fewer officers coming — unimpressed...
Tex McIver’s Putnam County ranch on auction block
 In the murder trial of Claud “Tex” McIver, prosecutors alleged that he killed his wife Diane because he was afraid of losing his beloved ranch.   Now that’s exactly what is happening. The 84-acre property — along with most of its furnishings, art and decorative items — is expected to hit the auction...

Posted: 11 days ago

In the murder trial of Claud “Tex” McIver, prosecutors alleged that he killed his wife Diane because he was afraid of losing his beloved ranch.   Now that’s exactly what is happening. The 84-acre property — along with most of its furnishings, art and decorative items — is expected to hit the auction...
Teen reunited with family after pot-smoking flap
 When Georgia authorities found out that smoking marijuana was ridding 15-year-old David Ray of seizures that had plagued him through childhood, the consequences were swift and severe. His mother and stepfather — Suzeanna and Matthew Brill — were arrested and jailed for six days. David, no longer able to medicate with pot, was...

Posted: 19 days ago

When Georgia authorities found out that smoking marijuana was ridding 15-year-old David Ray of seizures that had plagued him through childhood, the consequences were swift and severe. His mother and stepfather — Suzeanna and Matthew Brill — were arrested and jailed for six days. David, no longer able to medicate with pot, was...
Parents who let son smoke marijuana for seizures regain custody
 Fifteen-year-old David Ray texted his mother the good news this morning: “I’m coming home, with an exclamation point.” A little more than two months ago, Ray was taken from the Twiggs County home he shared with his mother and stepfather, Suzeanna and Matthew Brill, after authorities learned the teen had been smoking marijuana...

Posted: 20 days ago

Fifteen-year-old David Ray texted his mother the good news this morning: “I’m coming home, with an exclamation point.” A little more than two months ago, Ray was taken from the Twiggs County home he shared with his mother and stepfather, Suzeanna and Matthew Brill, after authorities learned the teen had been smoking marijuana...
Parents who let son smoke marijuana for seizures regain custody
Suzeanna Brill is reunited with her son, Matthew Ray, after a court hearing where she had regained custody. The 15-year-old was removed from Brill's home after authorities learned she had been allowing him to treat seizures by smoking marijuana. Photo: Christian Boone/AJC

Posted: 20 days ago

Suzeanna Brill is reunited with her son, Matthew Ray, after a court hearing where she had regained custody. The 15-year-old was removed from Brill's home after authorities learned she had been allowing him to treat seizures by smoking marijuana. Photo: Christian Boone/AJC
Spalding cold case trial: Missing evidence, doubts and a conviction
 It was the middle of April, just two months before the biggest trial of her life. And Griffin prosecutor Marie Broder was panicked, her case dependent on an experimental process with no guarantees. Back then, she could not have foreseen what transpired Tuesday, when a Spalding County jury, after roughly seven hours of deliberations, convicted...

Posted: 23 days ago

It was the middle of April, just two months before the biggest trial of her life. And Griffin prosecutor Marie Broder was panicked, her case dependent on an experimental process with no guarantees. Back then, she could not have foreseen what transpired Tuesday, when a Spalding County jury, after roughly seven hours of deliberations, convicted...
With guilty verdict in decades-old murder, Georgia county turns a page
 For one family, the guilty verdict against Franklin Gebhardt was justice long overdue. For Spalding County, the decision provided a measure of atonement that once seemed unattainable. It wasn’t just the brutal nature of Coggins’ death — stabbed some 30 times, then dragged behind a pickup truck, linked by a thick metal chain...

Posted: 25 days ago

For one family, the guilty verdict against Franklin Gebhardt was justice long overdue. For Spalding County, the decision provided a measure of atonement that once seemed unattainable. It wasn’t just the brutal nature of Coggins’ death — stabbed some 30 times, then dragged behind a pickup truck, linked by a thick metal chain...
Judge in gruesome cold case murder: ‘Hopefully, sir, you have stabbed your last victim’
 A Georgia man was convicted Tuesday of killing a young black man in a gruesome 1983 cold case murder that was allegedly motivated by racial hatred.  >> Read more trending news  A Spalding County jury deliberated for about six hours before returning a verdict against Franklin Gebhardt. The 60-year-old defendant...

Posted: 25 days ago

A Georgia man was convicted Tuesday of killing a young black man in a gruesome 1983 cold case murder that was allegedly motivated by racial hatred.  >> Read more trending news  A Spalding County jury deliberated for about six hours before returning a verdict against Franklin Gebhardt. The 60-year-old defendant...
Judge in cold case murder: ‘Hopefully, sir, you have stabbed your last victim’
 A Spalding County man was convicted of killing a young black man in a gruesome 1983 murder alleged to have been motivated by racial hatred.  A jury deliberated for about six hours before returning the verdict against Franklin Gebhardt. The 60-year-old defendant — labeled a racist by his own lawyer — will...

Posted: 25 days ago

A Spalding County man was convicted of killing a young black man in a gruesome 1983 murder alleged to have been motivated by racial hatred.  A jury deliberated for about six hours before returning the verdict against Franklin Gebhardt. The 60-year-old defendant — labeled a racist by his own lawyer — will...