A Georgia man shot his wife after she knocked on his door while their children waited in the car outside. Now, he will remain behind bars for life.
Last week, Dekalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson handed James Beard, 46, a life sentence in prison for the shooting death of his wife Angela Bishop, 38.
Beard was found guilty and convicted by a jury of felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
On March 31, 2017, Bishop had driven from South Carolina to the 2900 Block of Panthersville Road in Decatur, Georgia, with her four children to visit the defendant. According to prosecutors, the victim knocked on Beard’s door located on the second floor of the apartment complex.
Upon opening the door, the defendant shot Bishop, carried her downstairs, tossed the gun behind the apartment building and then asked a bystander to call 911. During the commotion, the children were still waiting in the car for their mother.
The couple had been in a relationship for 13 years. They lived together with their children in South Carolina. However, the relationship was tumultuous. Over the years, Beard had been twice arrested for domestic violence. In addition, Bishop had reportedly told relatives the defendant had threatened her with a gun. Then, Beard moved to Georgia in 2016 after they broke up.
According to On Common Grounds News, soon, the couple decided to work things out. As a result, Bishop started commuting between South Carolina and Georgia to visit the defendant. In addition, relatives were shocked to hear the couple had suddenly gotten married just a few weeks before Bishop’s demise.
Also, family members told investigators Bishop had confided with them she had made a mistake after the wedding, reported CBS 46.
Jackson sentenced Beard to an additional five years in prison on the non-murder charges.