Lanham Found Guilty on Two of Seven Counts; Hung Jury on Murder Charge

A Chattooga County Jury brought back two guilty verdicts but was not able to come to a consensus on five other charges against a Chattooga County, Georgia woman that’s accused of murdering her husband five years ago.

Sheriff Mark Schrader said Wednesday evening that Renee Lanham was found guilty on two counts of giving false statements to law enforcement – BUT, the jury could not agree on the other five charges she was facing – including the felony murder charge.  Edward Earl Lanham was shot to death at his residence, located on Butler Dairy Road – in September of 2017.

The jury had deliberated for four days and poured over the evidence in the case.  The trial was unusual in that it was stalled for more than a week – after Lanham’s defense attorney contracted COVID.  After that, the Labor Day Weekend Flood in Summerville forced the trial to be moved to Walker County for a short period of time before jurors returned to Chattooga County. 

Lanham will face sentencing on the counts of giving false statements at a later date.  Because the jury was hung on those other five counts – prosecutors can choose to try again for a conviction.

(AM1180 Chattooga County Radio)

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