TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 17, 2018
A judge has dismissed a negligent homicide charge against a Chattanooga man who’s girlfriend was killed when his firearm accidentally discharged in their home, The Times Free Press reports. Judge Clarence Shattuck said there wasn’t probable cause for the charge against Cody Gilliland, who said he was examining the scope on his AR-15 rifle when his dog jumped on him. As his dog continued to jump, Gilliland said he bumped into the wall and the gun went off. All sides agreed Gilliland had no intention to harm his girlfriend, but the case rested on whether he should have been aware of the risk that his handling of the gun would pose to his girlfriend.