The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld the conviction of a man found guilty of killing of his family with an ax in 1985.
Michael Curry, who lived in Dalton, Ga., for 10 years before he was indicted, was convicted in 2011 for the death of his 24-year-old pregnant wife, Ann, their 4-year-old daughter, Erika, and their 20-month old son, Ryan. The incident occurred in Columbus, Ga.
For 24 years there were no arrests, but the case was reopened in 2007 and two years later Curry was arrested in Dalton. He had been working for the Dalton Public Schools since 1999 in the maintenance department.
After a jury found Curry guilty, he appealed on the grounds that his case was built on circumstantial evidence that didn’t prove his guilt, according to a state Supreme Court summary on the case.
But the justices disagreed. In today’s decision, Justice P. Harris Hines wrote that the “evidence authorized the jury to find Curry guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes for which he was convicted.”
In August of 1985, Columbus Police found Ann Curry and their children dead with cuts to the face and body. A bloody ax was found in the living room. A medical exam showed Ryan and Erika died of skull fractures and Ann died of massive blood loss.
While Curry changed his story several times and several months later admitted he was having an affair with a coworker, police didn’t arrest him. The case was reopened in 2007 when the Columbus Police Department changed the way it handled cold cases.
In 2009, Curry was indicted for three counts of malice murder, three counts of felony murder, two counts of feticide and three counts of aggravated assault.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...