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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.

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