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Registe case will be handled by special prosecutor

David Fowler, of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council, has been assigned two high-profile local murder cases.

The case against Michael Jason Registe, indicted on two counts of murder, one count of armed robbery, and one count of aggravated assault, as well as several other firearms and drug-related charges will be handled by Fowler, or by one of 11 other lawyers with whom he works in the Atlanta-based Prosecuting Attorneys Council office.

Registe is suspected of the 2007 slayings of Hardaway High School graduates Randy Newton Jr., 21, and Bryan Kilgore, 20. He has been detained in St. Maarten, in the Netherland Antilles, awaiting extradition proceedings for return back to the United States.

The second case to which Attorney General Baker assigned Fowler as prosecutor arose in Harris County, where Alexander Moreece Johnson, Roderick R. Johnson and Raymon Napoleon Walton have been indicted on charges of murder, felony murder, kidnapping with bodily injury and armed robbery.

In January of 2005, a Harris County Grand Jury indicted the three men for the 2001 slaying of Al Kenyatta Wilson of Opelika, Ala. Wilson's body was recovered from a well off Georgia Highway 315 on Feb. 9, 2004. He had been dead more than 2 1/2 years.

The state has previously noticed its intention to seek the death penalty against the defendants in this Harris County case. Fowler said in an interview with ledger-enquirer.com that he will assign the Harris County case to attorney Laura Murphree, who is experienced in death-penalty cases.

Baker assigned both cases to Fowler after the recusal of Julia Slater, District Attorney for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. Fowler will supervise both the Registe and the Harris County murder cases.

Now that David Fowler has been appointed as District Attorney Pro Tempore for these cases, he exercises all of the rights and is subject to the same responsibilities as the District Attorney for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit for these two cases , according to a statement released by Georgia's Attorney General's office.

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