Mom whose son killed crossing road loses appeal
by AP News Now
September 07, 2012 12:55 PM | 2782 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Raquel Nelson wipes away tears as Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley delivers her sentence of 12 months probation on two counts to run concurrent with 12 months probation for another count which Nelson was found guilty of on July 12.  Nelson was found guilty earlier in the month for second-degree vehicular homicide, crossing roadway elsewhere and reckless conduct which killed her four-year-old son.  STAFF/LAURA MOON.
Raquel Nelson wipes away tears as Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley delivers her sentence of 12 months probation on two counts to run concurrent with 12 months probation for another count which Nelson was found guilty of on July 12. Nelson was found guilty earlier in the month for second-degree vehicular homicide, crossing roadway elsewhere and reckless conduct which killed her four-year-old son. STAFF/LAURA MOON.
slideshow

A Cobb County woman convicted of vehicular homicide in the jaywalking-related death of her 4-year-old son has lost an appeal.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the next step for Raquel Nelson is to take her case to the Georgia Supreme Court.

In her appeal, defense lawyer Steve Sadow maintained that the Cobb County Solicitor's Office presented insufficient evidence to prove she was criminally responsible for the death of her son A.J. Newman in April 2010 in Marietta.

But Appellate Judges Charles B. Mikell, M. Yvette Miller and William M. Ray II disagreed.

Nelson was charged after A.J. was struck by a van as they jaywalked across a busy five-lane road, and the case sparked outrage from activists who gathered thousands of signatures on an online petition to support her.



Comments
(4)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
Mrs. Owens
|
September 09, 2012
Why are people so quick to judge others??? Does society not think she is suffering enough with the lost of her son???
Just Wait
|
September 08, 2012
This is the correct and most appropriate outcome. She is guilty. The only reason this keeps going forward is a lawyer trying to make a name for himself.
dustoff
|
September 08, 2012
This person does not need kids or a dog, but she will probably get nominated for Mother of the Year in our screwed up system.

Wonder if her lawyer is court appointed????
Fed Up
|
September 07, 2012
Who's paying for her high profile attorney, who I hear commands a $25,000 retainer? Take a guess. Let's appeal it to the Supreme Court...no big deal.
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides