CONYERS — Bond was denied for Terence Sherod Roberson on Wednesday in his first court appearance following the shooting of his wife and step-daughter at a Rockdale County day care.
Roberson, 36, of Covington, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting that occurred Tuesday at Little Mountain Christian Academy in south Rockdale County.
He will remain in the Rockdale County Jail following Wednesday’s hearing where the magistrate judge denied bond because Roberson is currently on probation on charges in Newton County. Roberson will have to petition the Rockdale County Superior Court if he wishes to seek bond.
Meanwhile, the shooting victims continue to recover from gunshot wounds to the head. Kimya Roberson was listed in stable condition and was awake Wednesday at Atlanta Medical Center, according to Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Jodi Shupe.
The 10-year-old girl, Corrine Williams, remained in critical condition at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Family comments to Atlanta media outlets indicated Williams was facing a difficult recovery. Shupe said Kimya Roberson was shot in the face and neck while Williams was shot in the head.
Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute between the couple and said Kimya Roberson recently began divorce proceedings.
Roberson has a history of family violence charges against him in Newton County. He was on probation for battery and simple battery under the Family Violence Act and cruelty to children charges to which he pleaded guilty in February 2010. He received a sentence of 24 months probation, according to the Newton County District Attorney’s office.
State Court Judge Nancy Bills, who is chairwoman of the Rockdale County Task Force Against Family Violence, said Tuesday’s shooting is a sad reminder of what domestic violence can lead to.
October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“The two things that really have to happen is that the community needs to realize that it’s a community problem, not a law enforcement issue or not a criminal justice problem because very few cases actually make it to the justice system,” Bills said. “Those are the ones in the paper. … The community needs to be trained to recognize the red flags of domestic violence and know what to do and the resources that are available.”
Bills said people can refer to the domestic violence hotline of Project ReNeWal at 770-860-1666 for counseling and other resources. The Task Force’s website, www.rockdaleaware.com, also offers links to various resources.
Bills added the second part is prevention “because every child who is growing up in the violence is a potential abuser or victim.”