On Friday, May 25, 2018, Phillip Anthony "Tony" Harwood, the convicted triggerman in the murder of Atlanta, Georgia socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan, was released. Harwood served a 20 year sentence for the 1987 murder at Coastal State Prison, located in Garden City.
A former truck driver, Harwood was paid $25,000 by Lita's estranged husband to kill her so that James Sullivan could avoid a protracted and costly divorce. In exchanging for testifying against Sullivan, Harwood pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and avoided the death penalty. Sullivan is still serving his life without parole sentence at Macon State Prison.
Interestingly enough, Harwood claimed his innocence in the shooting during Sullivan's trial; a position he continues to maintain.
For more information on this case, please visit my post on Lita here.
Thoughts and prayers to Lita's family and friends.
Lita McClintock Sullivan
January 7, 1952 - January 1, 1987