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Ga. Supreme Court rules on murder case involving insurance policy, love triangle

Court also makes decision in Cobb EMC case

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

Published Monday, June 2, 2014

 

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

See previous stories on Ga.Supreme Court rulings:

 

Ga. Supreme court rules on cases involving lethal inuections - May 19

Ga. Supreme court rules on two child killing cases, one internet porn case - April 22

 

 

 

SLAUGHTER V. THE STATE (S14A0536)

            In this high-profile case from rural Marion County, the Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a woman who admitted to police she had shot and killed a young man she believed was having an affair with her husband.

            According to the facts presented at trial, Donna Slaughter, 30 at the time of the crime, lived in a trailer on Palm Drive in rural Mauk, GA, with her then 23-year-old husband, Jason Slaughter. For about a year, 21-year-old Michael Haegele also lived with the couple.

On May 7, 2010, a man’s body was found on the side of Butler Mill Road in Macon County, spotted by a school busload of children. The victim had been shot in the back of the head, and the words, “Fag,” “KKK,” and “Hell” had been written on his body. But it otherwise contained no identification. Law enforcement canvassed witnesses in the area, and one resident said he had seen a small red truck stop on Butler’s Mill Road, which struck him as odd. In an attempt to identify the victim, law enforcement also released sketches and limited information to various media outlets.

 

County pool open

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Just in time for the hot weather, the swimming pool at Roper Park will open for the season Sunday. Pool hours are every Sunday noon to 6 p.m. During the week, the pool is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

   Cost is $3 per person or $100 for a family pass that gets four people in all year for $100.

Above, a swimming scene from year's past -- 2007.

Powerball jackpot hits $173M; Georgia players gain large prizes

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ATLANTA – The Powerball jackpot is surging, reaching a nifty $173 million to a single annuity winner for Saturday’s drawing. The excitement is growing statewide as Georgia players win large prizes, and the jackpot continues to roll.

 

The Powerball jackpot has grown since April 26 and has rolled 10 times.

 

A ticket worth $1 million was sold at Shell Food Mart in Douglasville from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. Two additional tickets worth $10,000 were sold in Flowery Branch and Hapeville.

 

Powerball offers two payment options: the $173 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $102 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.3 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $173 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $102 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: April 26, 2014
Number of Rolls: 10
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: April 23, 2014 – $148.8 million jackpot (Florida winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.comwww.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.powerball.com

Trails open at Eagle’s Rest (Burnt Mountain area)

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Mt. Oglethorpe Foundation announced earlier this spring that trails at their park on the end of Monument Road are open and it great shape, courtesy of work by the local Mt. Stewards trail group. Here is a brief description of the trails supplied by the Mt. Stewards.

 

Access: Follow Rt. 136 to Burnt Mt. and turn south on Monument Road. Follow Monument Road to the very end (about 5 miles) and enter the Eagle’s Rest site. Drive up the hill to the parking location on the side road off of the main access road. The trails begin off of the parking area.

 

Agents capture man who escaped before by diving in Etowah

From Cherokee County Sheriff Office

 

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at about 10 p.m. agents of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) and Cherokee County Deputies arrested Terry Raymond Spriggs, 42 years old of Canton, at a residence in Woodstock, Georgia.  Spriggs was wanted for outstanding warrants from Cherokee County for Possession of Methamphetamine (2 counts) Possession of Cocaine, Violation of Terms of Probation (2 counts).  Agents also charged Spriggs with Theft by Receiving a stolen motorcycle.

Agents had seen Spriggs at a family member’s residence on May 19, and Spriggs had fled from CMANS agents and Canton Police Officers.  Spriggs ultimately escaped by diving into the Etowah River.
CMANS Agents were able to follow Spriggs to the Woodstock residence, and set up a perimeter while they waited on uniformed officers to assist in the arrest.  Spriggs had concealed himself in the Woodstock residence which was occupied by a family with three children.  Agents and Deputies were able to get the family safely out of the home and then search the residence.  Spriggs was discovered hiding in a clothes closet covered with a blanket.

Spriggs was transported to the Cherokee Adult Detention Center in Canton.

The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad is a joint task force working in Cherokee County to investigate drug related violations.  Participating agencies include the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, the Canton Police Department, the Woodstock Police Department, the Holly Springs Police Department, the Ball Ground Police Department, the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia State Patrol.  Citizens may call in tips anonymously to (770) 345- 7920, or may speak to an agent by calling (678) 493-7625.