Clayton County, Georgia jury finds Hannah Payne guilty of killing 62-year-old Kenneth Herring in 2019
A jury in Clayton County, Georgia, on Tuesday afternoon found 25-year-old Hannah Payne guilty of murder in the death of 62-year-old Kenneth Herring. She chased and hunted down Herring before shooting and killing him in May 2019.
Payne was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated a*sault, false imprisonment, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
On Tuesday afternoon, the jurors found her guilty on all charges.
What led to the death of Kenneth Herring
According to prosecutors, Herring hit Payne’s car and then drove away. Payne then followed Herring, confronted him, and then fatally shot him. She repeatedly ignored orders from 911 dispatchers not to pursue Herring, but she did.
Her inexperienced defense attorney told jurors that Payne was instructed to obtain Herring’s license plate, which is why she followed him. Instead of accepting responsibility for her actions, Payne’s defense argued to the jury that Herring shot himself during a struggle with the gun.
The trial judge is scheduled to sentence Payne on Friday.