Hannah Payne, 21, is free on a $100,000 bond after a Clayton judge granted her request Friday morning, according to numerous press accounts. A search of Clayton County Jail records Monday morning found her no longer listed as an inmate.
The incident involving Payne started at 6:15 p.m. on May 7. The Clayton County Police Department was actively directing traffic in the area of I-285 and Riverdale Road. According to the department’s press release, officials were notified by a citizen that a male had been shot near the intersection of Riverdale Road and Forest Parkway.
“Responding officers found a male victim on the scene from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local area hospital and was later pronounced dead,” the release said.
During the investigation, officers learned that a verbal altercation ensued stemming from a vehicle accident. The department’s investigations division learned that Payne had witnessed an accident near Ga. Highway 85 and Clark Howell Highway that involved the shooting victim, Kenneth Herring, 62.
Police said Payne followed Herring’s vehicle and ultimately blocked his car with her vehicle. The verbal dispute led to Payne’s firearm being discharged that ultimately killed Herring.