Grandmother, Cartersville man held in child’s shooting death now charged with murder:
Media release: According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, additional warrants have been filed for James Phillip Lillie, 50, and Kimberly Ann Roberts, 47, in the May 16, 2020, death of a young child believed to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound after having been playing with a pistol at a campsite on Chitwood Cove in the Wilderness Camp Road area.
Lillie was arrested and initially charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Conduct, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Roberts was also arrested and initially charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Conduct, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Probation Violation- Felony.
After further investigation and review, both Lillie and Roberts have been charged with Murder.
The facts of the investigation have not changed, however, with Lillie and Roberts being convicted felons and possessing a firearm which later caused the death of the child led to the application of Murder charges under Georgia Law.
Lillie and Roberts are being held in the Bartow County Adult Detention Center without bond
Daniel’s Funeral Home in Rome is in charge of arraignments for the child who died Saturday night in a Bartow County shooting accident.
Ashley Raegen Roberts was born on March 18, 2015 and passed away on May 16, 2020. Obituary.
Additional charges have been filed following the death of a 5-year-old Ashley (Raegen) Danielle Roberts following a shooting Saturday night.
Bartow County Jail records on Monday show that James Phillip Lillie, 50, and the child’s grandmother, Kimberly Anne Roberts, 47, now are charged with:
- Involuntary manslaughter.
- Reckless conduct.
- Receipt, possession of transfer of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Roberts also is charged with probation violation. Both remained in the county jail Monday morning.
An online fund-raising site has been established to help with funeral expenses.
The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a 5-year-old girl at a campsite on Chitwood Cove in the Wilderness Camp Road area Saturday night. Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton says the child’s body will be transported to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy. The case remains under investigation, he added.
The sheriff’s media release:
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, just after 8:30 p.m. on May 16, 2020, deputies responded to the location for reports of a child shot. The child had been taken from the site prior to law enforcement arrival by persons on the scene and they were met on another roadway by law enforcement where EMS and rescue units evaluated and transported the child to an area hospital. The child was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The child apparently shot herself playing with a pistol at the site.
After the initial investigation, Kimberly Anne Roberts, 47, (grandmother of victim) and James Phillip Lillie, 50, of Cartersville (no known relation to victim) were both arrested and taken to the Bartow County Jail. Roberts is being held on a felony Probation Violation and Lillie was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Both face additional charges and more information will be released once the new charges are filed.