No. S98A1518.

510 S.E.2d 823 (1999)

270 Ga. 519


Supreme Court of Georgia.

Reconsideration Denied February 19, 1999.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Kenneth L. Shigley, Atlanta, for Zenobia Rainey.

Craig A. Webster, Morris & Webster, Marcus Stan Ballew, Tifton, for Robert Lee Chever.

Thurbert E. Baker, Atty. Gen., Stephanie B. Hope, Asst. Atty. Gen., Department of Law, Atlanta, for amicus curiae.

HUNSTEIN, Justice.

Twenty-year-old DeAndre Bernard Hamilton was killed in an automobile accident in August 1997. Hamilton was born out of wedlock to his mother, appellant Rainey. Chever is Hamilton's biological father as his paternity was judicially established in January 1979. In November 1997, Rainey filed an action to have Chever's rights of inheritance severed under OCGA § 53-4-5(b)(2). That statute was recodified in substantial part effective January 1,...

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