Bond Denied for Man Who Was Shot by Loganville Woman

Paul Slater, who was shot by a Loganville mother last month during a break-in, has now been released from the hospital and is being held, without bond, at Walton County Detention Center.

Walton County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Paul Slater, who was shot by a Loganville mother on Jan. 4 when he broke into her home, has now been released from Gwinnett Medical Center and is being held, without bond, in the Walton County Detention Center in Monroe, Ga. He is charged with possession of tools for commission of a crime, aggravated assault and burglary in first degree. WCSO's Capt. Greg Hall said that he was being held without bond also for violating probation.

"If he has a lawyer he will be able to petition the Superior Court or for another appearance in front of a magistrate judge," Hall said. "He should have a preliminary hearing - possibly in a couple of weeks."

Hall said Slater was picked up from the hospital Sunday by deputies from WCSO. He had his first appearance in front of the Magistrate Judge Monday morning.

Slater had been recovering from gunshot wounds after being hit five times by Melinda Herman when he confronted her hiding in a closet with her 9-year-old twins. According to the police report, Slater had knocked on the door and then rang the doorbell. She reportedly contacted her husband, who told her not to answer the door as he wasn’t expecting anyone. When she saw Slater retrieve a crowbar from the car, she grabbed her children, her .38 revolver, and hid in an attic closet. Slater broke into the house and subsequently located her in the closet. At that time she opened fire on him, hitting him with five of the six rounds in the gun. Her husband had already called 911 and by the time police arrived, the mother had retreated to a neighbor with the children, Slater had tried to escape in his car, but had subsequently crashed in a wooded area in the neighborhood.

Amy L February 11, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Shame he didn't die. Now we get to pay for his room and board for the next 10-15 years.
Mandi Kraus February 11, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Good. Maybe the justice system can get it right this time.
Steve Merka February 11, 2013 at 05:23 PM
If the Feds had their way, the mother would have had to use rocks to fend him off. Good for a brave mother!
JoAnn Fuller February 11, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I was curious if anyone knows if there has been a defense fund set up for the mother. Some attorney will surely convince this guy to sue the defending mother. Unfortunately, the family will likely need financial support to defend the mother one more time against the predator.
SUNKEN SUB February 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Looks like he lost some weight. Did they get ALL the lead out ?
Tammy Osier February 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Should be an interesting trial. I hope it goes national.
jeff February 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM
State law protects her from lawsuits.
Tammy Osier February 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM
How so, Jeff? Just wondering.
Jonathan O. February 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Tammy, Georgia has a "Stand Your Ground" law that allows a potential victim, who feels he/she life may be in danger, to use lethal force to defend themselves. The law also protects them from possible civil lawsuits from the criminal or criminal's family who may seek restitution.
Tammy Osier February 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Good! The fact that he advanced on her kind of seals it anyway. Still, should be interesting.
Eric Trommer February 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM
I hope he gets locked up for a long time. This way the family doesn't have to worry about this low life. I applaude the mother for what she did and pray for her to get through all this.
jeff February 12, 2013 at 02:07 PM
http://www.gacarry.org/cms/ga-code-detail/?title=16&chapter=3&section=21 Use of force in defense of self or others; evidence of belief that force was necessary in murder or manslaughter prosecution (a) A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other's imminent use of unlawful force
jeff February 12, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Use of force in defense of habitation http://www.gacarry.org/cms/ga-code-detail/?title=16&chapter=3&section=23 A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to prevent or terminate such other's unlawful entry into or attack upon a habitation
Kellie Braswell February 12, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I would LOVE to be on that jury duty!!!!!! PLEASE pick me!!!
Daniel Lester February 12, 2013 at 07:48 PM
She should have reloaded and shot him some more..... Somehow, someway he will probably go free with just a slap on the wrist.........


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