Man convicted in Gilmer charged with murder in Clayton County

A man who pleaded guilty “without admitting guilt to sexual battery” in Gilmer County several years ago pleaded not guilty last week in the murder of a Clayton County woman, according to a news article posted by WSB-TV Action News 2 in Atlanta. The murder case also involves sex and drugs, the station reported.

Clayton County investigators said Douglas Edward Christian is a serial predator and has “attacked women around the country, including metro Atlanta, over the course of four decades,” the report states. The indictment charges Christian with the death of Makenzie Puyear, alleging he provided her with methamphetamine, morphine, fentanyl and ethalone — and “intended to have sex with force and against her will.”

In 2008, Christian submitted a guilty plea without admitting guilt to sexual battery and received a misdemeanor sentence that could be served on probation, Action News 2 said in citing Gilmer County records.

“Heck yeah, we’re gonna fight this murder indictment,” Keisha Steed of Fairburn, Christian’s attorney, told a TV station reporter.

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