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Woman shot to death in southwest Atlanta apartment

Woman shot to death in southwest Atlanta apartment

ATLANTA -- A woman was fatally shot in the head in a southwest Atlanta apartment overnight.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was killed at around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Venetian Hills Apartments in the 1800 block of Campbellton Road.

Atlanta Police Capt. Paul Guerrucci said the woman's body was found in a bedroom. Her relatives, who were home during the shooting, said the victim knew her killer; police have not released the suspect's name.

The death is under investigation.

Man shot to death in southwest Atlanta

Man shot to death in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A man was shot to death in southwest Atlanta overnight.

It happened at around 3 a.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Orlando Street SW near Cascade Avenue.

Atlanta Police Capt. Paul Guerrucci said the victim was shot multiple times. He has not been identified, but investigators said he appears to be a man in his 20's. Police have not determined a motive for the shooting.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner was called to the scene and will determine the cause of death.

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Drunk driver gets 15 years for killing child

Drunk driver gets 15 years for killing child

ATLANTA -- A driver who was found guilty of hitting and killing an 11-year-old boy has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Last Thursday, a Fulton County jury convicted 44-year-old Gatha Maurice Dyer of vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving in the April 2013 accident.

Police said Dyer was drunk when he hit Patrick Williams on Boulder Park Drive near the intersection of Brownlee Road in southwest Atlanta. Williams, a McNair Middle School student, was crossing the street with several other children when he was struck by Dyer's 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The force of the impact sent Williams sailing 53 feet in the air before he crashed onto Dyer's windshield and hit the ground, according to information presented in court. The boy died at the scene, while Dyer sped away.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

Woman's 'Stand Your Ground' defense fails in court

Woman's 'Stand Your Ground' defense fails in court


ATLANTA -- A woman who used Georgia's "Stand Your Ground" law as her defense for shooting a man dead has been sentenced to life plus eight years in prison.

A Fulton County jury determined 32-year-old Shakeithia Wheeler was not justified in killing 28-year-old Charles Roberson.

The shooting happened May 3, 2009 in the parking lot of Wheeler's Verdant Drive apartment complex in southwest Atlanta. Prosecutors said Wheeler overheard Roberson and her brother arguing outside. She left her apartment with a gun and opened fire, grazing a bystander. She then argued with Roberson before shooting again and striking him in the head.

Wheeler said she fired her gun because she believed her brother was in danger. She claimed she shot Roberson because she thought he had a weapon and would shoot her, and said she had "no duty to retreat" under Stand Your Ground.

Driver charged with killing pedestrian

Driver charged with killing pedestrian


ATLANTA -- A woman was arrested for hitting and killing a pedestrian on Interstate 285 Sunday morning.

Tabatha Williams, 24, was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving in the accident.

The pedestrian was hit at around 4:45 a.m. on southbound I-285 just south of Langford Parkway.

Atlanta Police spokesman Greg Lyon said the victim, whose name was not released, was standing on the road's right shoulder when Williams' car swerved and hit him.

Williams was arrested at the scene. A passenger in her car suffered minor injuries and was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Lyon said police have not determined why the pedestrian was standing on the shoulder.

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.