Fired Georgia police sergeant indicted in paramedic’s death

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A grand jury indicted a fired Georgia police sergeant on murder charges in the fatal shooting of a paramedic with whom authorities say he was having an affair.

The indictment says William Talley shot Kelly Levinsohn in the back of the head, according to the Ledger-Enquirer. Talley was indicted Tuesday on malice murder and felony murder charges in the May slaying. Talley also was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and violating his oath as a public officer. If convicted, Talley faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Authorities say Talley took Levinsohn’s truck, wrecking it and seriously injuring himself after the shooting. He was arrested after a standoff with police in which he threatened suicide during an overnight standoff.

Talley’s wife was aware of the affair. She was the one who called police to report that Levinsohn might be dead and Talley had wrecked in Harris County. The wife met officers at Levinsohn’s home when they arrived.

He was fired by Columbus police after the shooting and remains jailed in Muscogee County.

Defense attorney Jennifer Curry said Talley can’t afford the $1 million bail, and is asking a judge to reduce it. Talley’s next court hearing is set for Dec. 10. Talley was entitled to bail because he was jailed more than 90 days without being indicted.

Assistant District Attorney Robin King said Talley remains on suicide watch. He’s been declared competent to stand trial after a psychological examination, although authorities say Talley is a depressed, suicidal alcoholic. King argued during a Nov. 1 bond hearing that because Talley is suicidal and trained as an Army Ranger, sniper and police SWAT team member, he is a danger both to himself and to the public. She said jail is the safest place to keep him.

A witness during the bond hearing said Muscogee County loaned an armored truck to Harris County, where the wreck took place, because of the threat Talley presented. Curry said the armored vehicle’s use is routine.

Curry argues that Talley needs mental health treatment the jail can’t provide, saying that if his health further deteriorates, he may not be capable of assisting in his own defense.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com