Friday October 9th, 2015 4:59AM

Widow of NE Ga. pastor grateful for verdict in wrongful death suit

By Ken Stanford Reporter
The widow of a northeast Georgia minister, shot and killed by drug agents during a botched drug investigation, says she is grateful for the verdict in her wrongful death suit.

In a statement issued by Finch McCranie, whose Atlanta law firm along with Roland Stroberg of Myers & Stroberg, LLP of Gainesville, represented her, Abigal Ayers expressed her "relief and gratitude" that the jury determined that her husband's life had been wrongfully taken.

Jonathan Ayers was shot outside a Toccoa convenience story nearly five years ago. On Thursday, a federal court jury in Gainesville ruled in her favor and awarded her $2.3 million. (See separate story. Link below.)

McCranie says a hearing is expected within the next 30-45 days at which time her attorneys will seek an additional award of Mrs. Ayers' attorney fees.

At the time of his death, Ayers was the pastor of Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Lavonia.
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