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Killer's double jeopardy claim rejected by Ga. Supreme Court

Killer's double jeopardy claim rejected by Ga. Supreme Court

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected a convicted murderer's claim that his right against double jeopardy was violated.

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Jason Pierce killed two college students and shot his girlfriend in the face on Aug. 26, 1999. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to aggravated assault and two counts of malice murder, and received two consecutive life sentences without parole.

In 2011, aggravating circumstances forced the state's high court to throw out Pierce's sentences. The case was sent back to a lower court. Pierce withdrew his guilty pleas, then argued that retrying him would be double jeopardy.

Man gets life for trafficking 14-year-old girls

Man gets life for trafficking 14-year-old girls

ATLANTA -- A convicted pimp has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for prostituting two teenage runaways.

Derek Spencer, 34, was found guilty Thursday on charges of human trafficking, statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, pimping, pandering, sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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According to information presented in Fulton County court, Spencer met the 14-year-old victims at a southwest Atlanta convenience store in October 2012 and invited them back to his Fletcher Street home.

Atlanta rapper arrested for flipping stolen cars

Atlanta rapper arrested for flipping stolen cars

ATLANTA -- Local rapper Andrae Wilson has been charged with altering the VINs of stolen cars.

Wilson, who goes by the name Lil Hot, faces a number of charges, including theft by receiving, identity fraud, driving on a suspended license and possession of a vehicle with an altered VIN.

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Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Wilson, 31, was arrested Monday at a house on Stone Road in southwest Atlanta.

The rapper was in possession of a Ford F-150 with an altered VIN, a Chevrolet Avalanche with an altered VIN, a Dodge Charger reported stolen from the city of Atlanta and a Bentley that was carjacked in College Park last year, according to Jones. Wilson also had the keys to both the Ford and the Bentley.

ATM stolen from Atlanta gas station

ATM stolen from Atlanta gas station

ATLANTA -- Police are looking for about eight suspects accused of stealing an ATM from an Atlanta gas station.

The ATM was taken from the Chevron station in the 550 block of Northside Drive at around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said two vans, each of which had about four people inside, pulled up to the gas station. One of the vans seemed to act as a lookout, while the suspects backed the other one into the station's Food Mart twice.

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Several men got out of the second van and loaded an ATM inside. Both vans then drove away.

The Food Mart was open at the time, and an overnight clerk witnessed the robbery. He said at least one of the suspects was armed with a gun.

At least 3 shootings reported in Atlanta overnight

At least 3 shootings reported in Atlanta overnight

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police reported at least three separate shootings in the city early Tuesday.

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The first shooting happened at around 12:30 a.m. at an apartment building on Daniel Street in northeast Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Capt. Todd Coyt said a man was shot in the head. He was alert, conscious and breathing after the shooting, and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The shooting is under investigation. Coyt said police do not yet have a description of the suspect.

The second shooting happened about an hour later at a home on West Avenue near Roy Street in southwest Atlanta.

Coyt said the victim was shot in the stomach and was also alert, conscious and breathing. No other information was immediately available.

Sketch released of sexual assault suspect

Sketch released of sexual assault suspect

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police have released a sketch of a man they say sexually assaulted a woman Tuesday morning.

The attack happened on Lillian Avenue in southwest Atlanta.

The victim told police she was walking toward Metropolitan Parkway when a man grabbed her around the neck from behind and dragged her to the side of a vacant house.

According to a police report, the victim slipped in mud and fell to the ground. The suspect climbed on top of her, took her cell phone and identification, and fondled her at knifepoint. He returned the victim's belongings and let her go when he noticed she was trying to get a good look at his face.

Sandwiches stolen from convenience store

Sandwiches stolen from convenience store

ATLANTA -- A small neighborhood store in southwest Atlanta was burglarized Thursday morning.

Atlanta police said the crime happened shortly after midnight at Friends Food Mart near the intersection of Evans Drive and Katherwood Drive.

A suspect pried open the store's door and loaded a rolling garbage can with food items, including sandwiches and candy, according to police.

Officers found the garbage can outside the store, but the suspect got away. Police have not released a description of the suspect.