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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

Deputy’s ex-wife arrested for negative Facebook post will get day in court
 A Georgia woman arrested after complaining on Facebook about her ex-husband, a Washington County deputy sheriff, is about to get her day in court. A federal judge late last week ruled that Anne King’s former husband, Corey King, is not immune from a civil lawsuit she filed against him for malicious prosecution. United States District...

Posted: 19 hours ago

A Georgia woman arrested after complaining on Facebook about her ex-husband, a Washington County deputy sheriff, is about to get her day in court. A federal judge late last week ruled that Anne King’s former husband, Corey King, is not immune from a civil lawsuit she filed against him for malicious prosecution. United States District...
Bloody details emerge in Lake Oconee killing, but a motive does not 
 Chad Haufler told investigators he didn’t remember beating his friend with a stainless steel popcorn kettle, as alleged.  He remembers waking up in a chokehold, unable to breathe and fighting for his life, GBI agent Michael Maybin testified Thursday at a probable cause hearing in Greene County. How did he free himself? Haufler...

Posted: 4 days ago

Chad Haufler told investigators he didn’t remember beating his friend with a stainless steel popcorn kettle, as alleged.  He remembers waking up in a chokehold, unable to breathe and fighting for his life, GBI agent Michael Maybin testified Thursday at a probable cause hearing in Greene County. How did he free himself? Haufler...
Is Atlanta’s top cop in trouble?
 She’s respected by the rank and file and popular with residents. In her first year on the job as Atlanta’s police chief, murders decreased significantly (although 2018 has seen a 25 percent increase compared to this time one year ago). Erika Shields is also a trailblazer, becoming the first openly gay top cop in the city&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

She’s respected by the rank and file and popular with residents. In her first year on the job as Atlanta’s police chief, murders decreased significantly (although 2018 has seen a 25 percent increase compared to this time one year ago). Erika Shields is also a trailblazer, becoming the first openly gay top cop in the city&rsquo...
One year after student’s tragic death, Tech touts reforms
 Brilliant but troubled. An outcast and a leader. Scout Schultz was also a provocateur, even in death. The police-involved shooting of the 21-year-old Georgia Tech student on Sept. 16, 2017, forced university officials to confront some difficult challenges pertaining to use of force, access to mental health counseling and the under-representation...

Posted: 10 days ago

Brilliant but troubled. An outcast and a leader. Scout Schultz was also a provocateur, even in death. The police-involved shooting of the 21-year-old Georgia Tech student on Sept. 16, 2017, forced university officials to confront some difficult challenges pertaining to use of force, access to mental health counseling and the under-representation...
Ex-Gwinnett cops question beating victim’s account
 They had encountered each other before. In August 2016 -- eight months before cell phone footage captured former Gwinnett County Police Officers Michael Bongiovanni and Robert McDonald punching and kicking Demetrius Hollins as he lay on the ground, handcuffed -- the 21-year-old was arrested by those same two officers for possessing less than...

Posted: 10 days ago

They had encountered each other before. In August 2016 -- eight months before cell phone footage captured former Gwinnett County Police Officers Michael Bongiovanni and Robert McDonald punching and kicking Demetrius Hollins as he lay on the ground, handcuffed -- the 21-year-old was arrested by those same two officers for possessing less than...
Ex-APD officer re-indicted for killing of unarmed black man
 One month after charges were dropped against a former Atlanta police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard on Wednesday re-indicted James Burns for the 2016 murder of 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers.  Howard had promised to bring new charges against Burns after deciding that a recent ...

Posted: 19 days ago

One month after charges were dropped against a former Atlanta police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard on Wednesday re-indicted James Burns for the 2016 murder of 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers.  Howard had promised to bring new charges against Burns after deciding that a recent ...
Theories, contradictions abound in Lake Oconee murder mystery
 Murder or self-defense? Accident or ambush? For every theory about the shooting death of an Ohio man by his friend inside the exclusive Reynolds Lake Oconee community, significant holes remain. And despite some new revelations Tuesday at a bond hearing for suspect Chad Haufler, the prosecution is keeping tight-lipped about why they believe...

Posted: 21 days ago

Murder or self-defense? Accident or ambush? For every theory about the shooting death of an Ohio man by his friend inside the exclusive Reynolds Lake Oconee community, significant holes remain. And despite some new revelations Tuesday at a bond hearing for suspect Chad Haufler, the prosecution is keeping tight-lipped about why they believe...
Lawyers demand accountability for Henry officials in alleged coverup
 It was, Desmond Marrow’s attorneys allege, a breathtaking coverup by Henry County police and commissioners, one they believe demands a criminal investigation and mass resignations. But accountability might be hard to come by, even with significant evidence that reveals stark contradictions between what officials knew about the violent...

Posted: 26 days ago

It was, Desmond Marrow’s attorneys allege, a breathtaking coverup by Henry County police and commissioners, one they believe demands a criminal investigation and mass resignations. But accountability might be hard to come by, even with significant evidence that reveals stark contradictions between what officials knew about the violent...
Inside exclusive Lake Oconee community, another confounding mystery
 If Chad Haufler intended to kill Marc Dimos as authorities allege, he spent little time formulating a credible story.   Early Tuesday morning, the 45-year-old ex-firefighter called 911 saying he shot an intruder inside his $1.9 million home in the prestigious Reynolds Lake Oconee community, formerly Reynolds Plantation.   ...

Posted: 26 days ago

If Chad Haufler intended to kill Marc Dimos as authorities allege, he spent little time formulating a credible story.   Early Tuesday morning, the 45-year-old ex-firefighter called 911 saying he shot an intruder inside his $1.9 million home in the prestigious Reynolds Lake Oconee community, formerly Reynolds Plantation.   ...
Before dismissal, Henry County cleared cop who choked ex-NFL player
 On May 10, just a few weeks after video showing Henry County Police Officer David Rose choking handcuffed ex-NFL player Desmond Marrow went viral, Police Chief Mark Amerman was widely lauded after firing Rose, saying the department “does not tolerate this type of conduct from its officers.”  “If and when we find that...

Posted: 28 days ago

On May 10, just a few weeks after video showing Henry County Police Officer David Rose choking handcuffed ex-NFL player Desmond Marrow went viral, Police Chief Mark Amerman was widely lauded after firing Rose, saying the department “does not tolerate this type of conduct from its officers.”  “If and when we find that...
Criminal justice reveals wide split in Georgia governor’s race
 If Nathan Deal has a lasting legacy from his eight years in office, it may very well be his criminal justice initiative. The governor’s push to steer nonviolent offenders away from costly prison beds toward rehabilitation programs has gained national renown and rewritten the tough-on-crime Republican playbook. But his potential successors...

2:20 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

If Nathan Deal has a lasting legacy from his eight years in office, it may very well be his criminal justice initiative. The governor’s push to steer nonviolent offenders away from costly prison beds toward rehabilitation programs has gained national renown and rewritten the tough-on-crime Republican playbook. But his potential successors...