Bartow County suspects have Manslaughter Charges Upgraded to Murder

May 20th, 2020 – 4:00 PM

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(Via WBHF Radio) Two suspects that were charged with manslaughter had their charge upgraded to murder Wednesday afternoon.

According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap, additional warrants have been filed for 50-year-old James Phillip Lillie of Cartersville and 47-year-old Kimberly Ann Roberts in the May 16th death of 5-year-old Ashley (Raegan) Danielle Roberts. The death was believed to have been from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after having been playing with a pistol at a campsite off Chitwood Cove Road near White 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 felony violation of probation.

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, the BCSO states this 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.

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