Raquel Nelson Goes to Appeals Court
The "jaywalking mom" will appeal a judge's decision in an attempt to have charges of her 4-year-old son's jaywalking death dismissed.
Raquel Nelson, the Marietta mom convicted last year of three charges in the hit-and-run death of her 4-year-old son, will make her appeal Tuesday of a judge’s decision not to throw out charges of vehicular homicide and crossing outside a crosswalk in the jaywalking death.
After a jury convicted Nelson of second-degree vehicular homicide, reckless conduct and crossing outside a crosswalk in July, Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley sentenced Nelson to a year of probation with the option for a retrial. Nelson chose to have the new trial.
Tanksley dismissed the reckless conduct charge in October but denied a defense motion to dismiss the other two charges.
Nelson’s appeal in November put her retrial on hold.
Nelson’s 4-year-old son, A.J. Newman, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in April 2010 as Nelson and her three children tried to cross darkened Austell Road from a Cobb Community Transit bus stop to their Marietta apartment complex. The nearest crosswalk was a quarter-mile away.
The driver who hit the boy and drove away, Jerry Guy, served six months in jail in 2010 after pleading guilty.