• Security video surfaces in death of runover grandmother

    By: Richard Elliot


    ATLANTA, Ga. - Newly obtained security video shows the moment a car jumped a curb and drove at a woman in a vacant lot behind a northeast Atlanta grocery store.

    The video does not show the moment Atlanta police said Alex Mason struck and killed 53-year-old Marilyn Redding with his Chrysler PT Cruiser, but it does show the stunned reaction of other pedestrians along Gartrell Street.

    Redding died at the scene, and police arrested Mason and charged him with assault and murder.

    "She didn't deserve that," said Redding's estranged husband of 30 years, Kenny Redding. "That bothers me. That does a lot to my children, and I know it'll do a lot to my grandchildren because they loved her, too."

    Investigators said Mason and Redding were arguing when Mason gunned his engine, jumped the curb and ran Redding over.

    Security camera video from a nearby grocery store clearly shows the car jump the curb but does not show the moment of impact. It does show the car narrowly missed a pedestrian. The video also shows the pedestrian's horrified reaction when he sees the car hit and kill Redding. Witnesses said neighbors rushed to the scene and detained Mason for police. After an initial stay at Grady Memorial Hospital, Mason was transported to the Fulton County Jail where police plan to charge him with assault and murder.

    Kenny Redding said he and his wife were separated but remained close.

    He said his wife had a strong independent streak but never bothered anyone.

    "She did her own thing and did what she wanted," said Redding. "But she didn't bother nobody. There's nobody out there that can tell you she bothered nobody."

    Mason will make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

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