Jailer charged with involuntary manslaughter after girlfriend's death

WALTON COUNTY, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News has learned the Georgia Bureau of Investigation filed charges Friday against a Walton County jailer after the death of his girlfriend in December.

The Walton County sheriff told Channel 2's Aaron Diamant that Dwight Buchanan, 21, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct for the death of his 20-year-old girlfriend, Nikki Guined.

Investigators say Guined shot herself with Buchanan’s pistol after a night of drinking in their Monroe home Dec. 10.

Police say that as the group partied with a visitor early that morning, Guined and Buchanan got into a fight, but reconciled and headed to the bedroom.

According to the police report, as the couple was intimate, “Nikki asked Dwight for his pistol. Dwight was reluctant to do so, but gave Nikki his unloaded pistol. Nikki repeatedly asked Dwight, 'Don't you trust me?' She then asked him to load the pistol. Dwight took the pistol from Nikki, loaded it with a magazine and chambered a round. He then removed the magazine and gave it back to Nikki. She then placed the muzzle of the gun under her right jaw and pulled the trigger."

"Alcohol was involved. You just don't know what led up to it. We don't know what she was thinking,” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told Diamant in December.

Buchanan was initially put on paid administrative leave, but has since been fired from the department.