Prosecutor: DeKalb woman made up rape to kill ex-lover

Defense attorneys argued the deadly shooting was self-defense.

DeKalb County prosecutors began trying their murder case against Victoria Rickman on Tuesday, describing her relationship with her late ex-boyfriend as something so dysfunctional it could’ve been on “The Jerry Springer Show.”

The East Atlanta woman is accused of making up a story about William James Carter Jr. raping her so she could get away with killing him with at least 10 gunshots to the back in September 2013. The gun belonged to a Cobb County Sheriff's deputy who was a friend of Rickman.

Victoria Rickman (entering courtroom) was denied bond by Judge Courtney L. Johnson during a 2013 hearing in DeKalb County Superior Court in Decatur.
Victoria Rickman (entering courtroom) was denied bond by Judge Courtney L. Johnson during a 2013 hearing in DeKalb County Superior Court in Decatur.

Credit: John Spink / AJC

Credit: John Spink / AJC

The defense maintains the shooting happened at Rickman's DeKalb County home on Clifton Road because she was raped, according to Channel 2 Action News. Another option raised in court is that Rickman was enraged that Carter wouldn’t drop a battery charge against her.

Authorities acknowledged the volatile relationship between Rickman and Carter — both had been charged with attacking the other. But the prosecution intends to show the jury that Rickman turned on a man who loved her deeply, Channel 2 reported.

“He loved this woman,” said prosecutor Sheila Ross, “It will be clear William Carter Jr. loved Victoria Rickman up until the moment she shot him.”

The trial continues.

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