Court axes conviction of woman whose husband killed officer

AP News
Posted: Oct 31, 2017 11:36 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court has reversed the murder conviction of a woman whose husband fatally shot a police officer.

In an opinion published Tuesday, the Georgia Supreme Court said prosecutors failed to prove that Lisa Ann Lebis "jointly possessed" the gun used to kill Clayton County police Officer Sean Callahan. She had been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The court upheld her convictions for possession of weapons and obstruction of a police officer.

Court documents say Tremaine Lebis killed Callahan at a Motel 6 near Atlanta in December 2012 and then was killed by another officer. A jury in February 2014 convicted his wife of felony murder in Callahan's slaying.

Prosecutors used the "party to a crime" statute, which says everyone involved can be charged with a crime.


This story has been corrected to say the officer was killed in 2012.