Carlisle retired in 2016, nearly three decades after ex-Mayor Andrew Young appointed her to the Atlanta Municipal Court in 1989.
During Carlisle's time on the bench, she denied NFL star Ray Lewis' request for bond following a deadly knife fight in Buckhead the night of the 2000 Super Bowl. Lewis, who initially faced murder charges, eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice after striking a plea bargain with prosecutors.
In 2001, Carlisle presided over another high-profile case, ordering members of a northwest Atlanta church to stand trial on child cruelty charges. Boys ages 7 and 10 told police they were beaten under the direction of the pastor of House of Prayer church while adults held their arms and suspended them in midair. The case made national headlines, and the pastor as well as four members of the church were ultimately convicted of the charges.
In a statement, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said her thoughts are with Carlisle’s loved ones.
“Judge Carlisle truly had a servant’s heart and worked tirelessly to uplift the Atlanta community with her volunteer efforts,” Bottoms said. “Judge Carlisle leaves behind an accomplished career, and the admiration and respect of all those who had the honor of knowing her.”
An investigation into the crash that killed Carlisle is ongoing.
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Riverdale police say Stanley Lawrence, 58, was shot and killed by his wife, Tammare Lawrence, 49, at their home.