A Forsyth County woman who was arrested after her mother’s decomposing body was found at a local residence has now been formally charged with multiple counts of murder by the Forsyth County Superior Court.
According to a grand jury indictment filed on Monday, Amalia Elvira Ramirez has been charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, exploitation of an elder person and neglect of an elder person.
Ramirez was first arrested in December 2018 on elder abuse charges after Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home off Bridle Drive in northwest Forsyth and discovered the decomposing body of Ramirez’s 83-year-old mother in a bedroom of the residence.
After an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined in April that the woman’s death was “homicide by neglect,” Ramirez was taken back into custody.
An arrest warrant filed in the case states that Ramirez is accused of “closing up” the 83-year-old woman in a bedroom, allegedly “refusing” to bathe or care for the woman, “contributing to a deplorable environment that resulted in the victim’s death.”
In a statement to the Forsyth County News on Thursday, Ramirez’s legal representative, attorney John Rife, said they could not comment on the allegations that were laid out in Monday’s indictment.
Rife said that he and his client will be entering a not guilty plea and fully expect to take the case to trial.
"We're looking forward to her time in court to be able to show all of the facts and circumstances in this case," he said. "It will be a very emotional and difficult trial for everyone involved."
After several months of imprisonment awaiting court proceedings, Ramirez was released from the Forsyth County Jail on Aug. 26, after Chief Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley granted her a $100,000 bond.
This case will be presided over by Bagley and will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Courtney Moore.