Camden County man indicted on felony murder in death of cousin during drug raid
A Camden County man who fired at deputies who were serving a search warrant before dawn at his home in May 2021 has been indicted on a felony murder charge because a woman was shot and killed during his exchange of gunfire with deputies, prosecutors announced Friday.
Deputies involved in death of Georgia mother during raid won’t be charged, DA says
Glynn County District Attorney Keith Higgins announced Wednesday that law enforcement officers involved in an incident that resulted in the death of Latoya James during a drug raid last year will not be charged with a crime.
Man, 21, arrested a week after 3 killed at Georgia gun range
A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fatal armed robbery at a Georgia gun range that left three members of a family dead last week. Jacob Christian Muse, of College Park, is charged with three counts of malice murder, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Friday. When Grantville officers arrived at the scene of Lock Stock & Barrel Shooting Range on the night of April 8, they discovered the bodies of the gun range's owner, along with his wife and grandson.news.yahoo.com
Sidney Powell pushes election-related conspiracy theory about deaths in Georgia
Sidney Powell, a high-profile attorney who backed former President Donald Trump's 2020 election fraud claims, pushed the idea of a well-funded secret operation, including a murder plot, to stop a review of the contest.news.yahoo.com
Georgia House speaker proposes 1K bonus for police, deputies
Georgia’s House speaker said Wednesday he will seek $75 million in the state budget to give each police officer and sheriff’s deputy a $1,000 bonus, increase salaries for prosecutors and public defenders and bolster the capacity of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Family of Georgia woman killed during raid to sue Camden sheriff’s office for $25M
Family members, friends and activists showed up to the Camden County courthouse on Thursday to show support for Latoya James who was shot and killed in her cousin’s home as deputies served a search warrant at home in Woodbine.
Months after Georgia man shot by officers, family wants info
More than five months after a man was shot to death in an apartment outside Atlanta by officers serving a warrant targeting someone else, his family wants to know what happened, their lawyer says. Johnny Bolton, 49, was lying on a couch in the living room of the apartment in Smyrna where he lived when officers serving a no-knock warrant burst through the door early on Dec. 17, attorney Zack Greenamyre said Tuesday. “We know that Johnny was unarmed and simply stood up in response to a huge crashing noise from the door being taken and then was shot at least twice and died,” Greenamyre said in a telephone interview.news.yahoo.com
Georgia police shoot and kill man after kidnapping, chase
STATESBORO, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a fatal shooting by police officers that came at the end of a kidnapping and multi-county chase. Investigators said a man kidnapped someone at gunpoint on Sunday morning in Reidsville. Investigators say the man also tried to ram multiple police vehicles during the chase, with officers trying to force the man to stop multiple times before succeeding on I-16 in Bulloch County. After the vehicle was stopped, police say the man took the hostage at gunpoint and crossed a fence into the backyard of a house. The hostage escaped and officers from multiple agencies shot the man, the GBI said.
Georgia deputy dies days after being shot during car chase
He had been in critical condition since he was shot inside his car Saturday afternoon during the pursuit, according to the agency. Troy Arthur Phillips, 40, and Brad Phillips, 41, were both arrested following the chase, which began with an attempted traffic stop, officials said. AdA Seminole County deputy was trying to stop a white Chevrolet pickup truck with a Florida tag for reckless driving, the GBI said. A second deputy joined the pursuit and the suspects began to fire their guns from the truck. Deputies returned fire and continued to chase them into Decatur County, where more deputies joined the pursuit, according to the agency.
Former Camden County teacher accused of sexual battery
A 58-year-old man from Waverly, Georgia, was arrested and charged with four counts of sexual battery, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday. GBI identified Steven Rayle as a former teacher in Camden County. The Kingsland Police Department began investigating Rayle after receiving a complaint of sexual misconduct against students at Camden Middle School, where he worked. The GBI, who was asked last week to assist in the investigation, said the incidents occurred in January. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at gbi.georgia.gov.submit-tips-onlinge or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
Florida man charged in theft of money from Georgia town
MONTICELLO, Ga. – A Florida man has been arrested for his part in an email scam that stole $46,000 from a Georgia town. Edward Porter Allen III is charged with computer theft for money taken from Monticello, about 60 miles southeast of Atlanta. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest Thursday, saying Allen had been extradited from Florida and was jailed in Jasper County, awaiting a judge to decide on bail. GBI Agent Steve Foster said Porter was a middleman in the email scam, with the money first being transferred from the city to his bank account in Sarasota, Florida, with most of the money then sent on to Turkey. The Jasper County sheriff asked the Georgia Cyber Crime Center to help investigate the theft in May 2019.
Woodbine teen charged with murder in Kingsland man’s killing
A Camden County teen was arrested Wednesday in the murder of a Kingsland man found shot inside his home earlier this month, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Monday. Ashanti Hollerman, 17, of Woodbine, was taken into custody on charges of murder and aggravated assault in the Nov. 3 killing of Ernest Zachary Ruffell, marking the second arrest in the 34-year-old man’s death. Another suspect, 43-year-old Daniel Miller of Kingsland, is also charged with murder and aggravated assault. He was already in custody on firearms charges linked to the shooting at the time of his arrest. Ruffell was found shot inside his Forest Ridge Drive home about 12:20 a.m. Nov. 3, the Kingsland Police Department previously reported.
GBI exhumes body of man killed at Camden County church in 1985
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. – Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday exhumed the body of a man who was killed at a Camden County church. The GBI said it’s hoping to obtain DNA evidence in the investigation into the 1985 murders of Harold Swain and his wife, Thelma. It took investigators took two hours to exhume Harold Swain’s body. When asked about her thoughts on Wednesday’s development with the GBI exhuming Harold Swain’s body, she said: “I think it is a good thing, you know? Harold Swain’s siblings told News4Jax that they were not aware of Wednesday’s disinterment and will be following up with the GBI.
GBI: Brunswick officer kills man who fired several shots while running
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A 33-year-old man was shot and killed late Saturday afternoon after he fired shots at officers while running from Brunswick police, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. State investigators said the incident began about 5 p.m. when a Brunswick officer patrolling downtown saw a vehicle speeding. The GBI said as one officer ran after the man, the suspect fired several shots in the direction of a second officer in the area of Newcastle and Bay streets. That officer, Lt. Donald Babbin, returned fire, hitting the man, later identified as Charles Eric Moses Jr, of Brunswick. It was, like, ‘Pow, pow, pow, pow,’” Neal said.
GBI: Kingsland officer fatally shoots man threatening woman with knife
KINGSLAND, Ga. – A 47-year-old man who was believed to be threatening a woman with a knife was shot and killed by a Kingsland police officer late Sunday night, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. According to the GBI, Kingsland officers responded to an apartment on Gross Road after receiving a 911 call from a woman screaming. Responding officers saw a man later identified as Gearil Leonard Williams through the window holding a knife, saying the woman appeared to be in distress. As officers entered into the apartment, the woman ran into a bedroom and Williams ran after her, barricading himself inside the room. News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said domestic violence calls are the most dangerous for responding officers and the officer did what he had to.
Waycross officer who shot at teens in traffic stop resigns
WAYCROSS, Ga. – Lt. Scott Rowell, who Waycross police identified as the officer who fired multiple shots at a car containing two teenagers one week ago, has resigned, the department confirmed Saturday. Waycross community leaders say a resignation from the officer who shot at a car with two teens inside is not enough. “Trying to come up behind him.”The supervisor recommended the officer try to run the car’s tag and then to attempt a traffic stop safely. Officer Shook and Lt. Scott Rowell were wearing body-worn cameras but, according to a GBI spokesperson, the two officers did not turn them on. Officer Shook remains on administrative leave pending the results of the GBI’s investigation.
Georgia trooper charged with murder in traffic stop shooting
SAVANNAH, Ga. A Georgia state trooper was fired and charged with murder Friday a week after he shot a 60-year-old man who tried to flee a rural traffic stop, authorities said. An attorney for Lewis family said the trooper initiated the traffic stop over a burned-out tail light and Lewis was shot almost immediately after the trooper forced his car into a ditch. #JusticeForJulian pic.twitter.com/XteN77JAgH Georgia NAACP (@Georgia_NAACP) August 12, 2020The Georgia Department of Public Safety said it fired Thompson after he was charged Friday. Yes, the man was arrested, but were done dying.Johnson said Lewis wife, Betty Lewis, learned of the troopers arrest as she left the funeral home after making final arrangements for her husbands graveside service Saturday. He said Lewis wife told him her husband didnt own a gun.
Officer who shot at teens in traffic stop did not activate body camera
WAYCROSS, Ga. – Police officers did not turn on their body cameras during a traffic stop that ended in an officer shooting at two teenagers in South Georgia, investigators say. RELATED: Man threatens action if Georgia officer isn’t arrested | Georgia pastor wants officer firedIn the calls, Officer Jesse Shook can be heard saying he was following a silver Acura he saw speeding near the local Walmart. “Trying to come up behind him.”The supervisor recommended the officer try to run the car’s tag and then to attempt a traffic stop safely. Officer Shook and Lt. Scott Rowell were wearing body-worn cameras, but according to a GBI spokesperson, the two officers did not turn them on. Officer Shook and Lt. Rowell remain on administrative leave pending the results of the GBI’s investigation.
Man threatens action from militia if Georgia officer isnt arrested
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation of the incident Saturday morning in Waycross. We need at least 50,000 signatures from anybody in the state of Georgia to say justice must take place, Malone told the group of people. They got 10 days to make this arrest or all hell is going to break lose in Waycross Georgia. Five thousand Black militia is coming, and they will make this arrest, or we will make it for them, the unidentified man said. He said the people who are upset need to let the GBI finish its investigation into the officers actions.
Georgia pastor hosts community meeting to discuss traffic stop incident involving officer
Ferrell Malone organized a community meeting at his Georgia church Tuesday to discuss an incident involving a Waycross officer, who police said fired multiple gunshots at a car while attempting a traffic stop. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation of the incident Saturday morning in Waycross near the Georgia-Florida state line. The agency said the officer who opened fire had come to assist another Waycross officer who began following the car after witnessing the driver commit a traffic violation. There was a gun in the car, but they didnt know the gun was in the car. What we want, number one, is for justice to be immediately served so that he is terminated and stripped of all credentialing of a police officer, Malone said.
NAACP calls for release of bodycam footage after officer fires shots at car with 2 teens inside
WAYCROSS, Ga. – The president of the Waycross chapter of the NAACP is demanding the release of body camera footage of an attempted traffic stop, during which investigators said a Waycross police officer fired multiple shots at a car with two teenage boys inside. Larry Lockey, president of the Waycross chapter of the NAACP, said he’s worried if the incident goes unnoticed, there won’t be any justice. The agency said the officer who opened fire had come to assist another Waycross officer who began following the car after witnessing the driver commit a traffic violation. Waycross police also said both teenagers inside the car were arrested on charges of illegal possession of a firearm by a minor. “It’s hard to read that in the situation if the officer felt his life was in danger and started engaging in shots,” Reeves said.
Family says Waycross police officer fired shots at 5 children, including 9-year-old
In the meantime, the children involved and their father shared their side of what happened with News4Jax. The 9-year-old said at least seven shots were fired and one bullet whizzed by his head. The teens were both taken from the scene in handcuffs and were held at the police station for hours, the family said. They look like children, Goodman said. They know theyre not bad kids, Goodman said.
GBI searches home of man at center of overturned conviction in 1985 double murder
WAYNESVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday executed a search warrant at the home of Erik Sparre and his mother, who was found dead last month. Dennis Perry was found guilty of those murders, but a judge overturned that conviction after the GBI reopened the case. Agents continue to work to determine what involvement Erik Sparre had in the Swain’s deaths. “That weekend, my brother was with me.”Despite DNA evidence, Erik Sparre has not been named a suspect in the Swain murders. The words that Head said he recalled were similar to those his family told police that Erik Sparre used in 1986.
Man who recorded Ahmaud Arbery death faces child molestation investigation
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. William Roddie Bryan, one of the three men who face charges in connection with the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, is under investigation for alleged child molestation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed to News4Jax on Wednesday. According to GBI, the Camden County Sheriffs Office requested assistance with the investigation on July 15. Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory, are accused in the shooting of Arbery in late February as he jogged through their Satilla Shores neighborhood. During witness testimony in the bond motion, the prosecutor revealed that Bryan is under investigation for sex crimes. I can confirm as of yesterday, the GBI has opened an additional parallel investigation into sex crimes that stemmed from this.
Woman whose DNA evidence was pivotal in overturned murder conviction found dead
The GBI later said it was investigating Gladys Sparre’s death. The deceased has been identified as Gladys Sparre, age 79. The Gladys Sparre death investigation remains active and ongoing.https://t.co/9QkZ4FvKgN pic.twitter.com/RCb4YFXv5X — GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) July 20, 2020A friend who worshiped with Gladys Sparre described her as a gentle woman. Court documents show Erik Sparre was arrested a year after the murders but ultimately the state did not pursue charges against Erik Sparre. In February of this year, a GIP investigator obtained a voluntary hair DNA sample from Gladys Sparre.
GBI’s Kingsland office responds to death investigation in Brantley County
WAYNESVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Kingsland office has responded to a death investigation in Waynesville at the request of the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI said Sunday afternoon. The GBI said it is actively investigating the case. No further details were released.
Man convicted in 1985 Camden County church murders to get hearing for new trial
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. – Attorneys for a man convicted of the 1985 murders of two people inside a Camden County church and the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office met with a judge on Wednesday to discuss his fate. It’s not safe for him in the prison, and he’s an innocent man,” Suzanne Baugh, Perry’s first cousin, told News4Jax. He 38 years old when he was arrested in 2000 in the 1985 murders of Deacon Harold Swain and his wife, Thelma. I-TEAM: Man convicted in 1985 Camden County church murders wants new trialOn Monday, June 29, the state filed papers saying it would not be prepared for a hearing on July 13. New DNA evidence in the 1985 murders excludes Perry, according to new court documents.
Georgia lawmaker calls for removal of embattled DA
A Georgia lawmaker is calling for the removal of an embattled district attorney whose office has been accused of fumbling the investigation into the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Brian Kemp, he expressed strong support for the removal of Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson. He and his son, Travis, were arrested last month after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case. The Glynn County community is experiencing a high degree of pain and grief as a result of Ahmaud Arberys tragic death in February 2020, Jones memo stated. Baugh said she wants to see changes within the DAs office now and backs the recommendation Jones made to Kemp.
Atlanta police shoot, kill suspect after struggle
ATLANTA A man reported to police for sleeping in a car blocking the drive-thru lane of a fast food restaurant was shot and killed in a late night struggle with Atlanta officers after he failed a field sobriety test and resisted arrest, Georgia authorities said Saturday. Atlanta was among U.S. cities where large crowds of protesters took to the streets. A crowd of demonstrators gathered Saturday outside the Atlanta restaurant where Brooks was shot. Ultimately, when the officer used a Taser, it was ineffective for the suspect," Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Timothy Peek told reporters at the scene Friday night. Yes, investigations must be called for but so too should accountability.The officers involved in the shooting was not identified.
Ahmaud Arbery family lawyer: Feds looking into how case handled
ATLANTA A lawyer for the family of Ahmaud Arbery said Monday that a federal prosecutor told the slain man's mother federal officials are investigating potential misconduct by local officials who handled the case. Lawyer Lee Merritt said U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine, whose jurisdiction includes southern Georgia, met with him and Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, on Thursday. They were taken into custody less than two days after the case was handed over to GBI. The elder McMichael worked as an investigator for Johnson, the Brunswick Circuit District Attorney, before retiring a year ago. Because of that, Johnson stepped away from the case, asking Carr to appoint Waycross Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill to replace her.
GBI reports rise in child sexual exploitation cybertips since schools closed
The Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made 49 arrests in March and April, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. By comparison, in April 2019, the GBI received 587 cybertips from the NCMEC. Since March 16, when Georgia schools ended in-person classes, the GBI has arrested 15 people accused of possession, distribution or production of child sexual abuse images. Additional information related to internet safety education and tips to keep children safe online can be found at visit www.netsmartz.org. If you suspect or have information related to the abuse or exploitation of a child, call your local law enforcement agency or contact the NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST or www.missingkids.org.
Official: Investigation of Arbery slaying finished soon
William Roddie Bryan Jr., 50, was arrested Thursday on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan's neighbors, Gregory and Travis McMichael, were arrested on felony murder and aggravated assault charges after the video spread on social media, more than two months after the slaying. Along with the investigation into Arberys killing, Reynolds said he expects the GBI's investigation into the handling of the case by two local prosecutors to be completed soon and turned over to the attorney generals office. Gregory McMichael told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son before being shot. Gough declined to discuss Bryan's actions the day of the shooting but said authorities overreached in charging him with felony murder.
Agents search home of 2 men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery
SATILLA SHORES, Ga. – Agents investigating the murder of Ahmaud Arbery searched the home of the two men charged with his killing on Tuesday night, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday. The agency said investigators executed a search warrant at the Satilla Shores home of Gregory and Travis McMichael about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. More than two months passed before Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were jailed on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. Gregory McMichael worked as an investigator for the local district attorney for more than two decades before he retired last year. Meanwhile, the prosecution now resides with the district attorney of Cobb County in metro Atlanta, the fourth DA to be assigned to the case.
Justice Department weighs hate crime charges in death of Ahmaud Arbery
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is weighing whether to file hate crime charges against the white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was gunned down while jogging in the small coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia, department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said on Monday. We are assessing all of the evidence to determine whether federal hate crimes charges are appropriate, Kupec said in a statement. The Justice Department announcement comes just days after state investigators arrested a white former police officer, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, on charges of murder and aggravated assault. Critics have questioned why it took local law enforcement more than two months to arrest the suspects, prompting Georgias state attorney general to vow to investigate the delay. Related Coverage Trump says he is 'disturbed' by Ahmaud Arbery caseKupec said on Monday that the Justice Department is also looking into how the investigation was handled.feeds.reuters.com
White Georgia man, son charged with murder in shooting of unarmed black man
(Reuters) - A white former police officer and his son were arrested on Thursday in Georgia and charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, an incident that touched off a furor in the community and among civil rights activists nationwide. The videos wide broadcast in recent days ignited outrage among activists, politicians and celebrities who saw the incident as the latest case of white perpetrators killing a black man and going unpunished. Arbery is then seen struggling with a man holding a long gun as a second man stands in the bed of the truck brandishing a revolver. The GBI said it was Travis McMichael who fired the fatal round. Gregory McMichael said Arbery began to violently attack his son, fighting him for the shotgun, prompting Travis to open fire.feeds.reuters.com
2 men charged with murder in fatal shooting of black jogger in Georgia
Two men have been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man whose family said he was jogging on the day he was killed, officials from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday night. The shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, which took place February 23, ignited racial tensions across Georgia. Arbery was confronted by Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, who shot Arbery before he collapsed and died, according to the bureau. Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, were both charged with murder and aggravated assault. McMichael said Arbery "violently" attacked his son, and the two fought "over the shotgun" before Travis shot him twice.cbsnews.com