Lowndes Co. woman found not guilty of murdering her grandmother

Lowndes Co. woman found not guilty of murdering her grandmother

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A woman accused of killing her grandmother was found not guilty on Wednesday.

Now, her family is looking to the future.

Amy Auve was emotional in court describing the 2017 death of her 86-year-old grandmother, Carmen Colorado.

Her defense attorney argued there was no reason for Auve to kill her grandmother, saying the state couldn't meet the standard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Now, Auve is headed home.

Carmen Batch, Colorado's daughter, said they're relieved to finally be able to close this chapter of their lives and begin healing from this tragic loss.  

Batch said the family is just trying to find peace now.

Colorado's death was initially thought to be caused by a heart attack in March of 2017. But Lowndes County Coroner Austin Fiveash became suspicious that it wasn't a natural death.

Fiveash and detectives with the Valdosta Police Department began investigating.

The sole suspect in Colorado's death was Auve, Batchs' estranged daughter.

Auve was later charged with malice murder in the death of her grandmother in January 2018.

On Wednesday, after a two-day trial, Auve was found not guilty.

"When they said not guilty, I was pleased," said Batch.

Batch said Auve and her adopted mother are now traveling back to Texas where Auve is now living.

"It came out for the best for everybody. She can go on with her life and we can just go on with ours and no hard feelings," said Batch.

Batch said these last few years have been really tough with the death of both of her parents within a couple years of each other.

On Thursday, Batch said she feels like a weight has been lifted off her shoulders.

"I feel relief that you know, in my head it was really difficult, but now it's over and it's okay," said Batch.

Batch became emotional when talking about what's to come for her family and what it'll be like the next time she visits her parents' graves in Puerto Rico.

"When I go see my parents, you know it's a normal thing. It won't be like you're dead because you were killed. It's good to know it was an accidental death, that means a lot," said Batch.

Brad Shealy, the district attorney representing Colorado, said he is disappointed with the verdict but respects the jury's decision.

Shealy believes the evidence shown by the state medical examiner proves Colorado died from strangulation.

But, after more than a year of investigation, the case is now closed.

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