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Carlether Foley was killed after she was shot in the head on Sept. 25. Gwinnett police said Foley’s neighbor said his gun discharged accidentally, resulting in her death. Her family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses and to move her 17-year-old son to Texas, where he will live with family members.

A Duluth man is facing felony involuntary manslaughter charges after Gwinnett police said a firearm he was handling accidentally discharged, resulting in the death of a woman.

Police responded to the shooting at 3355 McDaniel Road in Duluth on Sept. 25 and found Carlether Foley, 36, unresponsive with a gunshot wound to her head. Police Officer Senior Hideshi Valle said Maxwell Williamson, 22, allegedly shot Foley.

“Williamson stated he had an accidental discharge while he was loading his firearm,” Valle said.

Williamson faces charges of felony involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. He is being held at the Gwinnett County jail without bond.

Foley’s family has set up a GoFundMe campaign at bit.ly/3D0lFik to raise funds for funeral costs, including transporting her body back to Texas where she will be buried, and expenses related to moving her 17-year-old son to Texas, where he will live with family members.

“We are all devastated by the loss of Carlether at just 36 years old and wer’e not prepared for the high costs surrounding her memorial services,” the family said on the GoFundMe page.

“Due to the nature of her death, additional expenses occurred to transport her from Atlanta to Houston and move her son back to Texas to be amongst family. We want to give Carlether the memorial that she deserves, to honor her memory and say our last goodbyes.”

Foley was Williamson’s neighbor and was asleep when she was shot, and her 17-year-old son found her body later in the day, according to the family.

The family said she was an actress. Her IMDB.com page shows she had appeared in nearly a dozen films, short films and TV series. Her credits include “Blood and Water,” “Screwed Up Christmas,” “Big Joe and the Fam” and “Behind Closed Doors.” She will appear in two upcoming films, the recently completed “The Friend Zone” and “Slice O’ Cake,” which is in post-production.

“Carlether dedicated her life to making those around her smile and feel loved,” her family said on the GoFundMe page. “She enjoyed her career in acting and enjoyed displaying her talents through film and stage productions.”

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

(5) comments

MissDaisy

With all due respect, and with over 30 years in the criminal justice system, you both could not be more wrong. Sounds a lot like anti Second amendment, gun control scree. The first week in Criminal Justice class in law school is that a crime requires intent. Obviously no intent here. Beyond the statute, there are years of case law that is on point. Reckless conduct must be an act that is overtly reckless, not an act that simply has a bad outcome. If this guy fired the gun at a target on the wall in his apartment and it went through and killed the poor lady, then that would be reckless conduct. Cleaning a gun with a round mistakenly left in the chamber is not reckless conduct. Negligence yes, crime no. So the family should sue the guy in civil court. Seems the younger and later generations want to make everybody a criminal with what clearly should be handled as a tort.

MarvinGardens

I am a pro-2nd Amendment gun owner. If you are correct, I advocate changing the law to criminalize this sort of irresponsibility. Guns don't kill people, people kill people, right? Well, who killed this young lady?

MissDaisy

Every time something bad happens does not mean a crime has occurred. If the facts are what has been described then there is possibly a case of negligence and not involuntary manslaughter nor even reckless conduct.

MarvinGardens

Reckless conduct: "A person who causes bodily harm to or endangers the bodily safety of another person by consciously disregarding a substantial and unjustifiable risk that his act or omission will cause harm or endanger the safety of the other person and the disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would exercise in the situation is guilty of a misdemeanor."

The manslaughter charge derives from the reckless conduct. If discharging the firearm was reckless conduct, then he is also guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

I think an adult who decides to handle a firearm takes the responsibility not to accidentally or purposely harm an innocent person with it.

JohnnyJ

Involuntary Manslaughter is doing a lawful act (cleaning a gun) in an unlawful manner (with a bullet chambered) and causing death or great bodily harm to another person. A tree falling on you is bad, but no crime. You shoot and kill another human, thats a crime whether you meant it or not. Please educate yourself on the law before you post nonsense.

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