according to Rogers, Gunn’s conviction for murder would not have shown up on the Georgia Crime Information Center because the system began operating in 1973 — a decade after Gunn’s convictions.
“There is some dispute as to whether they had that information at the time of the application,” said Rogers. “Our contention is that he should have never been allowed to live at or been on the property. Had he not been allowed to live there Ms. Reed would still be alive today, taking care of her two little boys.”
The Reed family filed the lawsuit against the housing authority in early 2008 and is currently on the trial schedule for October. Rogers says that in suing the housing authority the Reed family is simply looking for justice for Erica and her children, ages 4 and 5, who, he said, have been robbed of the “love, companionship and care of their mother.”
“Frankly Mr. Gunn is not the only person who lived there that should not have been living there,” said Rogers. “Our hope is that in addition to Ms. Reed’s family getting justice that the housing authority is interested in reviewing and changing the way they review applications and decide who is allowed to live on the property.
“We would like them to just follow their own guidelines,” he continued. “That would be a nice start.”
The call to attorney for the housing authority was not returned by press time.