Nov. 23, 2015 – Atlanta – Cynthia Nwokocha (left) signs the “Welcome Back April” banner hung in April Ross’ office. April Ross (right) is taking it slowly, working part time on her first week back. The Fulton County Assistant DA was shot by her husband before he committed suicide, BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

 

Fulton Prosecutor Wounded in Violent Domestic Violence Incident to Focus on D-V cases, APS Appeals 

Atlanta– Nearly a year and a half after being shot and paralyzed following a tragic domestic violence incident, Assistant District Attorney April Ross is returning to work in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Ross’s first day back on the job is Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Ross (formerly McConnell) was shot multiple times by her estranged husband while sitting in a car with a friend on April 25, 2014 in Southwest Atlanta. She sustained gunshot wounds to her jaw, arm and back- ultimately resulting in paralysis. Since being wounded, Ross has undergone numerous surgeries and extensive rehabilitation at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, one of the nation’s premiere rehabilitation facilities for patients with spinal cord injuries.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has been working with teams from the Shepherd Center and Fulton County’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights for several months to prepare work space for Ms. Ross that is both Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and meets Ross’s specific needs.

Upon her return, Ms. Ross will be assigned to the trial unit with a specific focus on domestic violence cases. She will also devote some of her time to appellate issues related to the Atlanta Public Schools ‘cheating’ case. Ross was assigned to the APS team prior to her medical leave.

District Attorney Paul Howard is excited about Ms. Ross’s return and proud of her comeback saying, “April is truly a dynamic person. She is a survivor who has courageously triumphed over tremendous odds. She is an inspiration both personally and professionally. Beyond that, April is a dedicated employee with an exemplary work ethic.  We are fortunate to have her on our team.”

Ross is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and has worked in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office since 2012.

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