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Ga. high court rules on two infant death cases

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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 .

 

DYER V. THE STATE (S14A0537)

            In this high-profile killing of a 2-month-old baby girl in Cobb County, the Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld the conviction and life prison sentence Orlando Ricardo Dyer received for the 2008 murder of his infant daughter, Azyani.

            On appeal, Dyer argued that the evidence was insufficient to prove his guilt, that certain evidence at trial had been improperly admitted, and that his trial attorney was ineffective. But in today’s opinion, written by Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines, the high court has rejected Dyer’s arguments and found that the evidence “authorized any rational trier of fact to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes of which the jury did indeed find him guilty.”

            According to the facts, Dyer, 22, lived with his wife, Laurievett Calvo-Dyer, in an apartment in Austell with their two children, a 1-year-old boy and 2-month-old Azyani. At about 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2008, Calvo-Dyer left home for work. It was her second day on a new job after two months of recuperating from Azyani’s birth. It was also the second time she left her husband alone to care for the children.

 

Bridge on Hwy. 136 (Jones Mountain) closed

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The bridge that crosses Talking Rock Creek in the Jones Mountain area is closed to vehicle traffic.

     The bridge on Highway 136 that crosses Talking Rock Creek will be closed until further notice, according to Pickens’ Georgia DOT engineer.

Across America on a bicycle, the journey begins

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Mike McGhee on his fully-loaded touring bike during his last training ride.

When Progress readers last heard from Mike McGhee, the retired veterinarian had just completed hiking the Appalachian Trail – completing the four-month trek had been one of his “bucket list” goals in retirement.

That was in 2012.

Now McGhee, who operated Wayside Animal Clinic before selling it a few years ago, is departing this week for the next major item on his bucket list – a coast-to-coast bicycle trip across America.

 

New park gets back to nature

Jasper park allows bicycles, dogs & foot traffic

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     The trails at Jasper’s new 60-acre park off Hood Road are wide enough to drive your car on - but signage clearly points out that motorized vehicles are against the rules.
    That’s because the park, named after former Jasper councilmember Doris Wigington, is meant to have a back-to-nature feel.
    “The idea is that you will feel like you’re in a national park, walking on the trails in the woods,” said Jasper Mayor John Weaver. “We want it to be as close to nature as you can get in the city - it’s basically a nature trail.”
     For the rest of this story and to see a map of trails at the new park check out our print or online editions.

Georgia’s haves and have-nots getting further apart

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
   
    Last week, right-leaning Kyle Wingfield (who writes a daily column for the Atlanta Journal Constitution) refuted Democrats’ claims about the need to address income inequality. 
    The article entitled:  “Inequality by the Map; Largely Urban, Overwhelmingly Democratic” often references an Atlantic Monthly article authored by Michael Zuckerman.