Fayetteville woman’s bond set at $100,000 after hit-run homicide

Hannah Payne.
Hannah Payne.

A Fayetteville woman charged with murder in the May 7 shooting of a man in Clayton County had bond set at $100,000.

Hannah R. Payne, 21, was charged with murder on May 8 after the gun she was carrying fired during an altercation with 62-year-old Kenneth Herring. Payne had followed Herring, who had reportedly left the scene of a hit and run accident in which he was involved, according to Clayton County Jail records.

Herring died after being transported to an area hospital, news reports said.

Bond was set last week at $100,000 during a preliminary hearing that concluded there was probable cause to move forward with Payne’s prosecution, according to news reports.

Clayton County Police Maj. Anthony Thuman previously said Payne followed a pickup truck driven by Herring after he was involved in a hit and run with another vehicle.

The truck left the scene and Payne followed for approximately a mile to the intersection of Riverdale Road and Forest Parkway where she pulled her Jeep in front of Herring’s vehicle to prevent his movement, said Thuman.

Thuman noted that there was some type of altercation in which Payne, who is licensed to carry a weapon, left her vehicle and approached Herring. Thuman said it appeared that Payne was attempting to get Herring to return to the scene of the hit and run.

 “All we are at liberty to discuss at this point is during the struggle, the weapon was discharged,” Thuman said, adding that the investigation is ongoing but noting that there was sufficient evidence to charge Payne with murder.