By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — The wife of a man killed after shooting a Clayton County police officer made her first appearance in Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon.
Officer Sean Louis Callahan died about 14 hours after being shot Monday during a confrontation with Tremaine Lynn Lebis, 41, and his wife, Lisa Ann Lebis, 41, both of Turner Road in McDonough.
Callahan responded to a disturbance call at Motel 6 in Stockbridge about 2:17 p.m. Police said Tremaine Lebis struggled while being taken into custody and ran around a building before firing shots at Callahan. Police returned fire and killed Lebis. His wife was arrested and charged with simple battery of a police officer and obstruction of an officer.
An emotional Lebis, sporting a black eye, made her first appearance Tuesday afternoon. She told Chief Magistrate Judge Daphne Walker she is five months pregnant, has seizures, an aneurysm on the brain and is diabetic. Walked asked if she’d be able to hire her own attorney and post $17,500 bond.
"Yes, I could if my husband were alive,” she said, clutching tissues and wiping away tears. “But not now. I do have a home in McDonough but all my paperwork is there, I can’t get to it.”
Police allege in warrants that Lisa Lebis kicked Clayton sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Waites in the chest as he tried to take her into custody. Police said she wouldn’t obey orders from another officer to back away from the shooting investigation.
Lebis told Walker she has $120,000 in equity in the home but asked for a court-appointed attorney. She said her husband was living off an inheritance and she needed to contact his relatives in Florida.
However, Henry County property records do not list either Tremaine or Lisa Lebis as the owner of the Turner Road house.
Lebis told Walker she didn’t work and was a stay-at-home mom. However, she also said her two children are in the custody of her ex-husband and his parents. Lebis told Walker she wanted to get her case “over and done with.”
Walker told her to return to Magistrate Court Jan. 7.
Georgia Department of Corrections records show Tremaine Lebis served 15 years in state prison for aggravated assault and firearms charges. He was charged with escape in 1995, three years into his sentence. He was released in May and was to serve parole until April 2016.
In December 2011, he pleaded guilty to false report of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Henry County Superior Court. He was given credit for time served since May 26, 2011.