Woman’s trial for murder delayed

Tue, 05/15/2007 - 5:00pm
By: John Munford

The trial of a Powder Springs woman accused of killing her ex-husband at a Peachtree City business Oct. 26 has been postponed.

April Dawn Ulrich, 46, was initially scheduled to stand trial for murder Monday, but the matter has been continued by an order of Fayette Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards. Ulrich’s defense attorney sought the continuance so Ulrich could undergo further mental evaluations.

Ulrich is accused of killing Eric Paul Ulrich, and also of planning the shooting, as she concealed the gun in a bag moments before the incident in the parking lot of Peachtree City’s NCR facility.

April Ulrich is charged with one count of felony murder for the killing itself and one count of malice murder because authorities contend she planned the killing. She also is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

In court filings her defense attorney has indicated she will pursue a defense of “insanity, mental incompetence or mental retardation” at trial.

The Citizen learned shortly after the incident from several sources that Ulrich visited her 6-year-old daughter at Huddleston Elementary immediately prior to the shooting, pulling the child out of class and leaving a plastic zipper bag containing wedding rings in the girl’s bookbag.

Eric Ulrich had custody of the girl and was living in Peachtree City while working at NCR, officials said.

Police said that immediately after shooting her ex-husband with a .38-cal. handgun, April Ulrich didn’t make any attempt to drive away from the scene. The first officer was there within two minutes of the shooting being reported, police said.

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