Three charged in after-prom party death

WINDER - Three adults have been charged in connection with the death of a Winder-Barrow High School senior at an after-prom party.

Leland Martin, 18, of Winder was found dead in an Auburn home following an after-prom party April 29.

Barbara Ann Michael, 39, owns and lives in the house at 586 Quail Trail Road where Martin was discovered at 12:15 p.m. the day after the prom.

Michael was arrested and charged with nine counts of contributing to the delinquency, unruliness or deprivation of a minor; one count of party to a crime of furnishing, possession or consumption of alcohol under the age of 21; and two counts of maintaining a disorderly house.

She remains in the Barrow County Detention Center awaiting a Monday bond hearing.

Anthony Perry, 19, of Auburn is charged with one count of reckless conduct, and Jerry Donta Sanders, 19, of Statham is charged with one count of simple battery.

Martin was an honors student who had won a full scholarship to Young Harris College.

Following the prom at the Classic Center in Athens, Martin attended a party at the Quail Trail Road house.

Many of the underage students who attended the party were drinking, said Maj. Murray Kogod, Barrow County's chief deputy. Sometime during the night, Martin got into an altercation with another person. A student discovered Martin's body inside the house around noon the next day.

"Toxicology reports are still pending," Kogod said. "However, it is important to reiterate that the medical examiner's office has stated there was no physical injury sustained by Leland Martin that contributed to his death."

The residence has a long history with the Barrow County Sheriff's Department. Incident reports date back to 2001 and include domestic disputes, an illegally parked vehicle, disputes with neighbors and the death of Michael's daughter due to a four-wheeler accident.

On Feb. 17, police broke up a party at the home and cited two men for being under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21, police reports said.