DeKalb woman sentenced to 5 years for killing her child’s father with her kids nearby

A Lithonia girl accused of taking pictures and killing the daddy of certainly one of her youngsters has been convicted by a jury in DeKalb County.

In line with a launch from the DeKalb County District Legal professional’s workplace, jurors returned responsible verdicts Friday in opposition to Quaneesha Nicole Johnson, 30, on prices of voluntary manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault-family violence, two counts of cruelty to youngsters within the third diploma, and possession of a firearm in the course of the fee of a felony.

On November 26, 2022, Johnson had gone out clubbing together with her associates and left her three youngsters with Demonte Smith, 29, the daddy of her youngest youngster.

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Smith anticipated Johnson to return residence at 6 a.m. and when she didn’t return, he known as her a number of occasions. The discharge detailed that Smith was fearful as a result of Johnson had known as him earlier that evening and stated she and her associates obtained right into a struggle with different individuals within the membership.

Smith known as some members of Johnson’s household, who additionally grew to become fearful as a result of her cellphone was off.

All of them known as native hospitals and jails searching for her.

The DA’s launch acknowledged that round 9 a.m., Johnson turned her cellphone again on and noticed textual content messages from Smith. She known as her members of the family, who conference-called Smith into the dialog. Smith was indignant and threatened to hit her when she obtained residence.

In line with the investigation, Johnson known as 911 to ask for a police escort to her residence in Lithonia on Nov. 27, 2022.

When she returned to the house about two hours later, one of many DeKalb County law enforcement officials who responded advised her to place her gun in her automobile.

The discharge from the district legal professional acknowledged that Johnson advised the officer there have been no different weapons in the home. Police say Smith got here outdoors and argued with Johnson in entrance of the officers. The officers tried to resolve their dispute, however say Johnson continued to speak over them and was combative with them.

The officers despatched Johnson and Smith inside the home to relax.

The discharge particulars the second when Johnson requested officers about self-defense.

As she walked inside, Johnson requested the officers what would occur if she shot Smith “in self-defense” and advised them that she had already regarded up the self-defense regulation.

Officers remained on the residence and deliberate to offer the couple a couple of minutes to relax.

Earlier than that might occur, Johnson went again outdoors, grabbed a steel tire iron and her gun from her automobile, and went again inside the home.

She advised certainly one of her youngsters to name 911 and say that Smith had hit her.

Johnson then hit Smith within the head with the tire iron after which shot him.

In line with particulars from the DA press launch, the gunshot might be heard on the 911 name, in addition to Johnson repeatedly saying “bye” to Smith.

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Smith went outdoors and advised the officers, “She hit me within the head with a steel factor after which shot me. Hurry earlier than I die.”

Smith then collapsed.

Johnson was arrested by the officers.

Throughout an interview at police headquarters, she admitted Smith didn’t hit her that day.

The DA stated investigators later realized Smith had requested a rideshare to go away the home, however was killed simply minutes earlier than it arrived.

The state requested that Johnson be sentenced to 25 years in jail and 5 on probation.

DeKalb County Superior Court docket Choose Shondeana Morris sentenced Johnson to 10 years in confinement, break up between 5 years in jail and 5 extra beneath home arrest with a further 10 years on probation.

In line with the Atlanta Journal-Structure, Johnson’s legal professional, Michael Sterling, stated his shopper known as 911 thrice that day after receiving threatening messages from Smith, and that she flagged down a police escort after officers didn’t arrive for 2 hours.

In courtroom, the decide stated she believed on the day of the incident, Johnson took the entire crucial steps to make sure her security.

“Miss Johnson, I imagine that you just took the entire crucial steps to make sure your security after Mr. Smith had threatened to inflict bodily hurt upon you,” stated Choose Morris.

She continued on saying it didn’t matter how lengthy Johnson stayed out or who her children have been left with, it didn’t trigger for threats of bodily hurt.

“That doesn’t represent that any individual would threaten you with critical bodily damage,” she stated. “You known as the alarm firm, you known as native regulation enforcement not as soon as, not twice, however thrice.”

Smith reportedly had a historical past of home abuse.

In line with the AJC, Sterling stated Smith was beforehand prosecuted by the legal professional’s workplace for aggravated stalking, battery and home violence.

“The deceased had a historical past of abuse and had threatened to beat and kill different ladies earlier than,” Sterling stated.

Johnson’s legal professional, Michael Sterling, advised the AJC that the jury rejected the state’s case that Johnson acted “deliberately and with malice,” and that “the courtroom is conscious of vital points that make the chance of movement for brand new trial and enchantment cognizable.”

The state requested that Johnson be taken into custody instantly upon being discovered responsible, however she won’t but start her sentence as a result of the decide granted her an enchantment bond over the state’s objection.

He added, “Accordingly, the courtroom permitted Ms. Johnson to stay out on bond whereas the enchantment is pending. Sadly, the State by no means noticed Ms. Johnson as a sufferer of home violence and failed to guard her although she sought police safety time and time once more. Our system has to do higher to keep away from tragedies like this sooner or later.”

Choose Morris ordered Johnson to be positioned on home arrest whereas her legal professional appeals her conviction.

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