Professor charged with murder of 18-year-old University of West Georgia student

CARROLLTON — A professor at the University of West Georgia has been charged with the murder of a student after a shooting Saturday on Adamson Square in Carrollton.

Richard Sigman, age 47, of Carrollton has been arrested and charged with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of crime for his involvement in the death of 18-year-old Anna Jones.

Sigman has been booked into the Carroll County Jail.

Sigman was fired by the university after the shooting.

Jones was set to start school at University of West Georgia this month.

According to the Carrollton Police Department, at about 12:27 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to Tanner Medical Center regarding a female with a gunshot wound. Callers advised the shooting occurred off Adamson Square in the courthouse parking deck.

Police say preliminary information indicates that Sigman and another man got into a verbal altercation at Leopoldo’s. The man notified security that Sigman threatened to shoot him. Security approached Sigman, saw he had a weapon, and told him to leave. Sigman then left walking toward the parking deck.

According to police, Sigman walked into the parking deck and began shooting into a parked vehicle striking the Jones. Friends immediately drove her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Below is a statement from Mount Zion High School, where Jones graduated in May.

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of Anna Jones, a recent Class of 2022 graduate of MZHS. Anna loved this school and this community and she will be missed dearly by many.

Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Jones’ funeral expenses. You can donate by clicking here.

This case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carrollton Police Department at 770-834-4451. All callers may remain anonymous.

Reminder: Crime articles contain only charges and information from police reports. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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