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Ga. high court rules on murder cases; nursing home ads

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

Published Monday, May 11, 2015

 

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 .

 

TAYLOR V. THE STATE (S15A0612) AND BESSENT V. THE STATE (S15A0613)

            A young man who is currently in prison under two consecutive life sentences has had his convictions reversed and his sentences thrown out with a decision today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.          

In the unanimous opinion, written by Justice Harold Melton, the high court has reversed the convictions of Abdul Bessent for his role in the 2008 murders of Michael Key and Phyllis Frazier in Camden County, finding that the evidence against Bessent was insufficient to support the verdict. As a result, he cannot be retried.

Antioch gravestones vandalized

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This grave marker suffered the most damage, being broken in half from the impact of the vehicle that investigators say rammed it intentionally.

“It’s hard to apply logic to someone clearly not acting out of logic,” said Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil Monday when asked what motive might lead someone to ram gravestones with a vehicle at a country church cemetery.

Six different graves were damaged: one broken in half, another two or three stone markers heavily damaged and turned over and another two also damaged somewhat Saturday night at the Antioch Church cemetery.

Issues swirl over county airport debt, priorities

 

$900,000 loan payment “first and foremost,” says Jones

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Look down that lonesome runway -- Businesses have not flocked to locate at the airport tech park.

 

Commission Chairman Rob Jones said he doesn’t care if no new work happens at the Pickens County Airport, “the $900,000 has got to be paid.” 

This $900,000 is a portion of the $3.977 million bond [loan] issued by the Pickens County Development Authority in 2004 and used to develop the 17-acre tract adjacent to the airport. This tract has been constructed to Federal Aviation

Missing woman found

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Updated: about 5:13 p.m. this afternoon, the missing woman was found safe. She was being checked by EMS, according to latest from the Pickens sheriff office. 

 

From Pickens Sheriff

Teresa Ann Payne, age 49 of Pickens County went missing in the early morning on Sunday, May 10th. 
Payne as last seen leaving her resident around 2:30 a.m. She left the area walking. 
The initial report was filed on Sunday afternoon and she was entered into the missing person database (GCIC) immediately as a missing person. 
Due to her continued failure to return home, The Pickens Sheriff's Office is working with the Pickens County Fire and EMS Departments to conduct a thorough search of the heavily wooded area. 
An area command post has been established off of Willow Road in Pickens County. 
If you have any information concerning her whereabouts, we are urging you to please call 911 and relay that information. 

National Day of Prayer observed in Pickens

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      Over 100 gathered at the Pickens County Courthouse at noon to observe the National Day of Prayer. Mark Pordo of Living Word Church was one of many who led prayers during the ceremony, held at noon on Thursday, May 7. The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observation held in cities, towns and communities across the country.