Bond denied for woman charged in shooting death of 15-year-old girl

ATLANTA — A woman accused of shooting and killing a 15-year-old girl at a busy shopping plaza near Grant Park appeared in court for the first time on Saturday.

Elizabeth Parham, 31, has been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and cruelty to children in relation to the shooting. A judge denied Parham bond on Saturday on all three charges.

The only words Parham uttered during her appearance were “thank you.”

Atlanta police said Parham was arrested Friday in the death of Diamond Johnson, 15, who was shot on May 1 near the Glenwood Ave. Kroger.

Police initially said three people were injured but clarified later that only two other people were hurt.

Police said the shooting was related to an ongoing fight in the area between two groups of teenagers that escalated.


“Everyone loses in cases of senseless violence. It is especially difficult for the loved ones of these victims. Even more so when the victim is young, and will not get the opportunity to experience adulthood. While we are proud of the work that the members of our department continue to put in to bring those involved to justice, it is disheartening that so many conflicts escalate into violence,” Atlanta police said in a news release.

Any with more information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637).

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