West Georgia University educator charged with murder in incoming student’s death

A University of West Georgia teacher who has since been fired is accused of fatally shooting an incoming student, school officials said.

Richard Sigman, 47, was arrested and charged with murder shortly after 18-year-old Anna Jones was killed in a shooting Saturday in a parking lot in Carrollton, Georgia, Carrollton police said.

Jones planned to start the University of West Georgia this fall, school according to spokesman Colton Campbell.

“On behalf of the university, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to Anna’s family and her many friends,” University of West Georgia President Brendan Kelly said in a statement. “We know this news is difficult to process and affects many members of our university community.”

The university is assisting the Carollton Police Department with the investigation, according to the statement.

Police said officers were called to Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton around 12.30pm after a woman was allegedly shot. reports of a woman who had been shot.

Jones was pronounced dead at the medical center and Sigman was arrested and charged with murder, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of the crime, police said.

Sigman appeared in court Monday afternoon and was denied bail, Carrollton Police Department spokeswoman Meredith Brownings said. He remains in Carroll County Jail and his next court date is set for September 2.

It was unclear Monday afternoon whether he had an attorney.

Callers told police the incident took place off Adamson Square in a courthouse parking lot after Sigman got into a verbal altercation with another man at Leopoldo, a popular pizzeria on the square.

Police say the other man allegedly told at least one security guard that Sigman had threatened to shoot him. When security approached Sigman, they saw he had a gun and ordered him to leave.

Anna Jones, 18, of Carrollton, Georgia, was fatally shot on Saturday.
Anna Jones, 18, of Carrollton, Georgia, was fatally shot on Saturday. GoFundMe

Sigman left and began walking toward the parking lot, where he began shooting at a parked vehicle, hitting Jones, police said.

“Friends immediately took her to hospital, where she was pronounced dead,” police said.

A Web page The school’s faculty roster in the Department of Management at Richards College of Business last month named “Rick Sigman” as its lecturer. His profile has since been deleted.

Jones had recently graduated from Mount Zion High School, principals said in a statement on social networks.

“Anna loved this school and this community and she will be dearly missed,” the statement read, sharing a link to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral expenses.

The fundraiser’s creators described Jones as “a beautiful, gentle soul” and called the incident “a devastating and senseless crime that has left many heartbroken, a grieving community and a grieving family”.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the police.

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