Christian Boone

Public safety reporter/Enterprise

A native Atlantan, Boone joined the AJC staff in 2005. He quickly found his niche covering crime, taking over the public safety beat in 2014. Boone has chronicled some of the most infamous trials in recent history, from Hemy Neuman to Ross Harris to, most recently, Claud “Tex” McIver. 

Latest from Christian Boone

Third autopsy claims foul play in Valdosta gym mat death case
 Results from a third autopsy conducted on the body of Kendrick Johnson — the second performed at the behest of Johnson’s parents — have been released, contradicting an earlier conclusion that the 17-year-old’s death was accidental. But the new autopsy’s impact is likely to be minimal, as a lengthy federal investigation...

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Results from a third autopsy conducted on the body of Kendrick Johnson — the second performed at the behest of Johnson’s parents — have been released, contradicting an earlier conclusion that the 17-year-old’s death was accidental. But the new autopsy’s impact is likely to be minimal, as a lengthy federal investigation...
LOCAL IN-DEPTH: Who will pay salary of new Atlanta public safety director?


When the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a massive downtown development project, it was considered a big victory for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
It turns out the vote in favor of developing the Gulch helped Bottoms secure another major policy imitative: Restructuring the city’s...

Posted: 19 hours ago

When the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a massive downtown development project, it was considered a big victory for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. It turns out the vote in favor of developing the Gulch helped Bottoms secure another major policy imitative: Restructuring the city’s...
APD officer with checkered past faces new investigation
 An Atlanta police officer who remained on the force despite multiple allegations of sexual assault has been placed on paid administrative leave following a claim that he allowed his brother to make an illegal arrest on behalf of a private security firm.  The decision by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields to launch a new investigation...

Posted: 2 days ago

An Atlanta police officer who remained on the force despite multiple allegations of sexual assault has been placed on paid administrative leave following a claim that he allowed his brother to make an illegal arrest on behalf of a private security firm.  The decision by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields to launch a new investigation...
Will man’s latest arrest help 2 Gwinnett cops charged with beating him?
 The last time Demetrius Hollins was arrested, the two Gwinnett County officers who pulled him over lost their jobs, accused of using excessive force. Nineteen months later, Hollins’ most recent arrest, for allegedly beating and robbing a former girlfriend, could damage the state’s case against fired officers Michael Bongiovanni...

Posted: 9 days ago

The last time Demetrius Hollins was arrested, the two Gwinnett County officers who pulled him over lost their jobs, accused of using excessive force. Nineteen months later, Hollins’ most recent arrest, for allegedly beating and robbing a former girlfriend, could damage the state’s case against fired officers Michael Bongiovanni...
Still unclear whether Henry D.A. will probe an alleged police coverup
 Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo confirmed he is investigating police for their handling of the arrest of former NFL player Desmond Marrow. Still unclear is whether that will include looking into allegations that Henry’s police chief and deputy chief engaged in a coverup. Marrow’s attorneys have requested investigations...

Posted: 13 days ago

Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo confirmed he is investigating police for their handling of the arrest of former NFL player Desmond Marrow. Still unclear is whether that will include looking into allegations that Henry’s police chief and deputy chief engaged in a coverup. Marrow’s attorneys have requested investigations...
LOCAL IN-DEPTH: Is secret informant program putting Georgia inmates at risk?


The plan — utilizing inmates as informants inside Georgia’s most dangerous prisons, supplying them with cell phones to provide intelligence — was “the most dangerous thing you could do,” said a former Valdosta State Prison warden.
Within four months of its implementation at Valdosta State, one informant nearly...

Posted: 15 days ago

The plan — utilizing inmates as informants inside Georgia’s most dangerous prisons, supplying them with cell phones to provide intelligence — was “the most dangerous thing you could do,” said a former Valdosta State Prison warden. Within four months of its implementation at Valdosta State, one informant nearly...
Police desperate for leads in senseless killing of Covington teen
 The holidays were never an easy time for 16-year-old Quinton Kevon Martin, his memories overwhelmed by one unspeakable tragedy. In 2010, two days after Thanksgiving, he watched a mentally ill neighbor stab his mother and grandmother repeatedly inside their Clarkston apartment. His mother, Dominique Martin, died in his arms; grandmother Ursula...

Posted: 20 days ago

The holidays were never an easy time for 16-year-old Quinton Kevon Martin, his memories overwhelmed by one unspeakable tragedy. In 2010, two days after Thanksgiving, he watched a mentally ill neighbor stab his mother and grandmother repeatedly inside their Clarkston apartment. His mother, Dominique Martin, died in his arms; grandmother Ursula...
Mourners recall slain Gwinnett officer as selfless, engaging
 Even at his funeral, the beaming smile of Gwinnett County Officer Antwan Toney could not be suppressed. It was as much a part of his daily uniform as his badge, and just as real. That smile has helped family members and colleagues get through the difficult days following Toney’s death Saturday afternoon. Remembered for the rapport he...

Posted: 23 days ago

Even at his funeral, the beaming smile of Gwinnett County Officer Antwan Toney could not be suppressed. It was as much a part of his daily uniform as his badge, and just as real. That smile has helped family members and colleagues get through the difficult days following Toney’s death Saturday afternoon. Remembered for the rapport he...
After manhunt, an alleged Gwinnett cop killer is dead
 Wanted for allegedly killing a Gwinnett County police officer, pursued by SWAT teams and U.S. marshals, 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard never strayed far from home.  When he was finally cornered in a tool shed Monday morning after some 44 hours on the run, Maynard was less than two miles away from the Snellville house he shared with his...

Posted: 24 days ago

Wanted for allegedly killing a Gwinnett County police officer, pursued by SWAT teams and U.S. marshals, 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard never strayed far from home.  When he was finally cornered in a tool shed Monday morning after some 44 hours on the run, Maynard was less than two miles away from the Snellville house he shared with his...
Alleged Gwinnett cop killer found hiding in shed, police say
 UPDATE: 12:32 p.m.: The man accused of killing a Gwinnett police officer was found hiding in a wooden shed wielding a lawn mower blade and was shot and killed after he refused to obey police commands, authorities said. After receiving information from a tipster on Tafahree Maynard’s whereabouts, 75-90 police officers descended...

Posted: 25 days ago

UPDATE: 12:32 p.m.: The man accused of killing a Gwinnett police officer was found hiding in a wooden shed wielding a lawn mower blade and was shot and killed after he refused to obey police commands, authorities said. After receiving information from a tipster on Tafahree Maynard’s whereabouts, 75-90 police officers descended...
Gwinnett officer’s colleagues mourn as manhunt for suspect continues 
 With the search for Gwinnett County Police Officer Antwan Toney’s alleged killer about to shift from a localized manhunt into a nationwide fugitive investigation early Sunday night, word came that a SWAT team was serving a search warrant on a residence just down the street from where the fatal shooting occurred. But the shooting...

Posted: 25 days ago

With the search for Gwinnett County Police Officer Antwan Toney’s alleged killer about to shift from a localized manhunt into a nationwide fugitive investigation early Sunday night, word came that a SWAT team was serving a search warrant on a residence just down the street from where the fatal shooting occurred. But the shooting...