Victoria Rickman (30) and Will Carter Jr. (30) were in a tumultuous relationship for about three years before things turned fatal on September 13th, 2013. During the early morning hours of that day, Atlanta PD received a call from a very frantic Victoria, who was claiming that she shot and killed Will in self-defense. Victoria told the police that Will was sexually assaulting her and she shot him in order to stop the attack. In events with striking similarities to the Shayna Hubers case, police did not buy Victoria’s self-defense story after they investigated the scene. Victoria was arrested and charged with Will’s murder just hours later.
This was not the first time that Victoria claimed Will had assaulted her. Victoria allegedly told friends that Will had raped and abused her multiple times throughout their relationship. On the flip side, Will’s family and friends claim that Victoria had physically abused and threatened Will on many occasions as well. During the trial, the prosecution claimed that there were no signs of a struggle inside the house on the night of Will’s death. Will’s gunshot wounds were the only injuries on his body—there were no injuries consistent with another person trying to fight him off or stop an attack. The prosecution also stated that Will could not have been attacking Victoria when she shot him—it was far more likely that he was not even facing Victoria when she fired the first shot.
In September 2017, a jury found Victoria guilty of Will’s murder. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole.