In a searing decision, a judge in Columbus has granted a new trial to a man convicted of rape and murder 43 years ago based on new DNA evidence, at the same time condemning “undeniable” race discrimination during jury selection by the prosecution.
The ruling by Senior Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen overturns the convictions against Johnny Lee Gates, who was sent to death row for the 1976 rape and murder of Katrina Wright. Wright was a 19-year-old German immigrant who had moved to Columbus just 12 days earlier to be with her husband, a soldier at Fort Benning.
“We are grateful to the court for recognizing the evidence of Mr. Gates’ innocence, and for taking this important step towards justice,” Clare Gilbert, executive director of the Georgia Innocence Project, said...Read More
Student-loan debt is a prevalent issue in the US, with 44 million borrowers in this country owing $1.5 trillion, Forbes reported earlier this year.Here, a married man in his late 20s shares how he and his spouse are paying back her six-figure student-loan debt through real estate investing.Instead of paying down the debt as soon as possible, they decided to buy assets that would generate cash flow and pay for the debt with the passive income.
Shawn Breyer, owner of Breyer Home Buyers, has been with his wife, Melissa, for six years. Now in their late 20s, they’ve been married for three years and live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Though Shawn paid off most of his student debt while still in college, Melissa finished law school with $173,000 in student-loan debt that the couple has been working to ...Read More
Georgia will settle for a New Year’s Day bowl game against Texas after just missing the College Football Playoff.
No. 5 Georgia will play in the Sugar Bowl as the highest ranked SEC team not in the playoff. Texas finished as the No. 2 team in the Big 12.
Georgia lost to Alabama, in the SEC Championship Saturday. Texas loss to Oklahoma.
The Sugar Bowl will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans with an 8:45 p.m. kickoff.
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135 Creekmont Way, Roswell, GA 30076
135 Creekmont Way, Roswell, GA 30076
Beds Total: 4 Bedroom Desc: In-Law Ste/Apt, Mstr On Main Lower Bedrooms: 1 Upper Bedrooms: 3
Baths Full: 3 Lower Full Baths: 1 Master Bath Features: Shower Only Upper Full Baths: 2
Dining Room Desc: None
Cov/Enclosed Porch Deck Lot Dimensions: 50*125*175*125 Approximate Lot Size: 1/3 to 1/2 Acre
Gallery: She says she bought a mobile home for $16,000. Two years later, it’s not in her name.
ROSSVILLE, Ga. — Tonya and Brian Evans crammed shelves, a dresser, a bed, some family photos and Power Rangers action figures into their Honda Odyssey last week, bound for a storage shed down the road. It was time to move on, Tonya said. They were defeated.
They bought the trailer here, on Lot 66 of Stoney Pointe Mobile Home Park, almost two years ago. Or they thought they did. Tonya Evans keeps a bill of sale with her, proof she paid $16,138 for the trailer in June 2016. A squiggly signature sits at the bottom of the paper, above the word "SELLER." She says that’s a promise in writing by Tom Lackey, the park’s owner.
But about five weeks ago, county workers showed up and taped a yellow seizure n...Read More
Fox News host Sean Hannity is one of the most recognizable media figures in America. He has the ear of President Trump. His show is one of the most popular on cable news.
But you wouldn’t know it from talking to the tenants at the Meadows, a modest neighborhood of duplexes in Lithia Springs, about 15 miles west of downtown Atlanta.
"Who?" Keith Jones, a 62-year-old pipe layer, said blankly in an interview this week.
In this March 4, 2016, file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)
Journalists uncovered Hannity’s extensive rental holdings in Georgia and Alabama this week after he said he had consulted with the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, about real estate issues.
Through a series of...Read More
ALPHARETTA, GA — Are you in the market for a new home? Looking for more space to accommodate your growing family? Or are you seeking to downsize, now that the kids have left the nest? No matter what your desires are in the real estate market, Patch is here to help. Each week, we feature a WOW House, a hot listing on the market provided by realtor.com. Enjoy!
Price: $1,399,000 Square Feet: 6367 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6 Full and 2 Half Baths Built: 1991 Features: Exceptional Custom Built Country Club of the South Brick Estate Home on 1+/- acre flat lot ideal for pool. Beautifully landscaped w wonderful curb appeal. Well balanced family home w 3 car garage, mud room w Sub-Zero, master main, additional 2nd level master supporting 3 secondary well-appointed bedrooms...Read More
Melvin Scott, standing, Housing Director for the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, speaks to members of the authority, including Lillie Dyar, seated. (Doug Walker, RN-T)
The Northwest Georgia Housing Authority is working with a Texas developer on a project to bring affordable housing to a large tract behind Mount Berry Mall. The 19.9 acre parcel was purchased by Pinnacle Housing Partners of Temple, Texas, from the original developers of the mall, the Crown American Corp., for $900,000 in 2002.
Executive Director Sandra Hudson said she and Melvin Scott, director of housing, had been to Texas to meet with officials at Commonwealth Multifamily Housing Corp. about the project.
They have started talking with bond attorneys and they do have some plans drawn up, Hudson told the housing author...Read More
A college freshman from Gwinnett County was killed Saturday morning as he returned from a spring break trip to the beach, his family said.
Charles Jaylin Boykins, 19, was a 2017 graduate of Brookwood High School and a freshman at the University of North Georgia. He planned to become an orthopedic surgeon, his aunt told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
After spending several days in Panama City Beach, Boykins was a passenger in a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that left the roadway around 8:56 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 431 near Phenix City, Ala. He died from injuries.Read More