'I never did it,' Macon man with HIV says of rape allegation
Speaking during a Bibb County bond hearing on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, Torrence Fatai Thornton, 43, denied raping a 15-year-old. Thornton, who admits he has HIV, is accused of raping the girl and sodomizing a woman.
Amy Leigh WomackThe Telegraph
'I never did it,' Macon man with HIV says of rape allegation
Media monitor describes execution as undramatic, antiseptic
Video: Police chief reflects on "Stocking Strangler" case
Carlton Gary executed: "The only thing that I wanted to see was legal justice, and that's what I saw tonight"
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Columbus, Ga., columnist and veteran Ledger-Enquirer reporter Tim Chitwood witnesses a serial killer's execution. Here are excerpts of his remarks given to members of the media after Carlton Gary's execution. Chitwood was the media monitor for the execution.
The police chief who helped catch a serial killer feels no sympathy seeing him executed.“Watching that had no effect on me whatsoever,” Police Chief Ricky Boren said of Carlton Gary’s execution. “Carlton got what was prescribed for him as his fate, by the Superior Court of this county, under law.... It’s my duty as chief of police to stand between the bad and evil and our citizens, and that’s what I did last night.”
Condemned Stocking Strangler Carlton Gary was executed at 10:33 p.m. and he did not accept a final prayer or make a final statement, according to a spokeswoman with the Georgia Department of Corrections.
During each session of Columbus Recorder's Court, Judge Julius Hunter takes time to inform those with a case before the court to tell them their rights. These are your rights, as articulated by Hunter during a recent Recorder's Court session.
Dewayne Vidal Searcy Jr., 24, is on trial in Columbus and charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, using a gun to commit a felony and being a convicted felon with a firearm. Searcy is charged in a May 2016 home invasion and shooting that has left a 24-year-old Columbus man brain-damaged from being shot in the head with his own gun. These are excerpts from the 911 call from the incident.
Jamar Pipkin, 23, a murder suspect in the November shooting on Curry Street appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court on March 7. Defense Attorney Stacey Jackson represented Pipkin during the hearing. These are excerpts of Jackson's remarks after the hearing.
Christopher Jones,16, was shot to death in August 2014. The bullet-riddled car Jones was in crashed at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in Columbus. This is body camera video provided by the Columbus Police Department showing the scene that fatal evening.
Columbus Police Sgt. Anthony Locey,left, testified Friday morning during a hearing for Carl Bellamy Jr. in Columbus Recorder's Court. Bellamy faces one count of murder in the death of 28-year-old Matthew Grant. He was booked into the Muscogee County Jail for 9 a.m. .Columbus police were called to Lumpkin Park Apartments at 3351 North Lumpkin Road around 2:50 a.m. Jan. 29 to investigate the shooting. They found Grant lying on the ground in the parking lot behind the building. This is an excerpt of Locey's testimony where he recounts a statement given by a witness who said she was at the scene and inside Bellamy's car during the shooting.
The jury in the Upatoi triple murder trial has found Rufus Leonard Burks IV guilty of felony murder, kidnapping, burglary and auto theft. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the other counts so a mistrial was declared on those. Burks was the youngest of three defendants, and the only one to go to trial.
After 13 hours of deliberations in the triple murder trial of Rufus Leonard Burks, jurors Thursday had reached unanimous agreement on only three of the 10 counts against the 17-year-old, the judge announced before the jury was dismissed at 4:45 p.m.Those counts are burglary, kidnapping and auto theft. Burks also faces these charges: three counts of malice or intentional murder; three counts of felony murder for allegedly killing the three victims while committing the felony of aggravated assault; and a second count of auto theft.
Closing arguments began Tuesday morning in the trial of Rufus Leonard Burks IV. Burkes is one of three men police charged in the slayings of Gloria Short,54; her son Caleb Short, 17; and grandaughter Gianna Lindsey, 10, in January 2016 in Columbus' Upatoi neighborhood. This is an excerpt of the closing argument from Jennifer Curry, the defense attorney representing Burks.
Dr. Natasha Grandhi, associate medical examiner with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, testified Monday morning that Gianna Lindsey,the 10-year-old girl slain with her uncle and grandmother in Columbus’ Upatoi area in 2016, had 23 stab wounds in addition to massive head trauma. Grandhi testified Monday in the triple-murder trial of Rufus Leonard Burks IV. This video includes excerpts from Grandhi's testimony.
Columbus public safety officials are checking multiple downtown buildings after an early morning bomb threat, Sheriff Donna Tompkins confirmed.
The buildings affected were the Columbus Consolidated Government Center, Recorder's Court next to the Muscogee County Jail, and downtown federal courthouse. Tompkins said by 8:15 a.m., the recorders court building had been cleared for occupancy. At the government center, employees but not visitors were being allowed in. Attorneys reporting for court were being temporarily turned away.
A Phenix City police officer has been arrested after a woman said she was raped while in custody, authorities said Friday morning during a news conference. This is an excerpt of Taylor's comments about the hit to trust law enforcement takes in situations such as these.
Jury selection continues in the trial of two men, Jervarceay Tapley and Rufus Leonard Burks IV, charged in the brutal 2016 homicides of a grandmother, son and granddaughter in Columbus’ Upatoi Community. A third defendant, Raheam Daniel Gibson, agreed Monday to plead guilty. About 130 prospective jurors were summoned for the pool from which attorneys will select the panel to hear the murder case. The court is bringing the prospective jurors into the court in groups of about 14 for questioning from each attorney. They then are brought back individually for more specific questions on such matters as pretrial publicity. Jury selection is expected to take most of this week.
Raheam Daniel Gibson, one of three defendants set for trial this week in the brutal 2016 homicides of a grandmother, son and granddaughter in Columbus’ Upatoi area, has agreed to plead guilty on the day jury selection’s to begin. A second suspect, Jervarceay Tapley, had agreed to plead guilty Monday, but abruptly withdrew that plea under questioning from Judge Gil McBride.