Clayton County, Ga. – A woman accused of shooting a man to death after a hit-and-run crash is expected to go on trial Monday.
Hannah Payne shot and killed Kenneth Herring in May 2019 at the intersection of Forest Parkway and Riverdale Road.
Prosecutors said Herring may have had a medical episode at the time of the crash.
During a previous court appearance, prosecutors said Payne ignored instructions from 911 dispatchers, who initially told them to stay at the scene of the hit-and-run and not engage the other driver.
“In the background, you can hear (Payne saying), ‘Get out of the car. Get out of the car,’ Clayton Police Detective Keon Hayward told the court.
After the shooting, a witness recorded a video showing Payne changing her clothes before police arrived.
Payne’s attorney, Matt Tucker, argued that his client was provoked into following up when Herring’s truck hit her Jeep, but police said the two vehicles did not collide at any point during the incident.
Tucker also said his client was claiming self-defense in the shooting, saying Herring had groped him and ripped off his shirt.
“It sounds like an unfortunate situation where a good Samaritan tries to stop someone in a hit-and-run,” he previously said.
Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson called Payne the aggressor, describing her as someone who thought he was a police officer at the time of the incident.
“(Payne says), ‘Get out of the car. Get out of the car, it sounded like a cop show on TV,'” Lawson said.
Payne was initially charged with aggravated murder, but was later indicted by a grand jury on charges of first degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
Jury selection in the case is expected to begin Monday in Clayton County.
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