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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.
Jasper park allows bicycles, dogs & foot traffic
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.
Photo by Melissa Bradley
In one scene of Hill City Elementary's production of "The Wizard of Oz" this past Friday, April 25, Dorothy walks through a forest of trees with the friends she picks up along her journey. The trees, pictured above, were played by several Hill City students dressed in brown and green with leaf crowns and apples. See this week's Progress for a full cast photo of the 90 students who participated, and a write-up about the production --- on sale Wednesday.
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.
Pickens voters may begin casting ballots at the Pioneer Road election office beginning Monday, April 28 in early voting for the May 20 Primary Election, with one local commissioner seat (for Pickens’ western district); two school board seats and a SPLOST referendum up for decision.