District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that on Friday (May 11, 2018) Jonathan D. Talley (37) of Bogalusa was found guilty of the second degree murder of Aimie Kirst (33), his former girlfriend and mother of his child, in Pearl River on June 30, 2016 . Talley also was found guilty of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and second degree kidnapping for fleeing the murder scene with his 3-year-old son in violation of a protective order that required him to stay away from the boy and his mother. Talley faces a mandatory life sentence when sentenced May 29, 2018.
The jury deliberated just over three hours, agreeing with the prosecution that Talley shot Kirst in the back of the head as she tried to hide in their son's bedroom at her home.The child described in an interview that he heard his father threaten to shoot his mom in the head, hearing the loud gunshot, watching his mother bleed to death, and wishing he could put on his Spiderman costume and punch his dad. The boy said his dad shot his mom because she had been “aggravating him all day.”
After the murder, Talley fled the scene in Kirst’s car and drove with his son to Lucedale, Mississippi, where Talley’s mother lived. Talley admitted to his mother and stepfather that he had shot Kirst, and they called authorities.Talley claimed the gun went off accidentally as he tried to snatch open the door to the child’s bedroom to follow Kirst.
After the verdict was announced, members of Kirst’s family embraced Talley’s family members, and they wept and comforted each other.