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Atkinson jury convicts killer in 30 minutes
PEARSON, GA (WALB) - Roderick Brock, 44, was found guilty in the 2015 brutal slaying of Marlene Murray, in short order, Wednesday. The jury only deliberated about 30 minutes before finding Brock guilty of murder.
2 injured in Coffee Co. shooting, GBI investigating
COFFEE CO., GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now investigating after two men were injured in a shooting in Coffee County early Tuesday morning. According to the GBI, Kenneth Powell Jr., 31, and Melvin Robinson Jr., 32, are recovering from gunshot wounds.
Guilty Verdict in Brutal Slaying of Marlene Murray
ATKINSON CO – Roderick Brock, age 44, was found guilty in the 2015 brutal slaying of 64-year-old Marlene Murray. Officials from the Atkinson County Sheriff’s office say Murray was found in her home on Highway 64 East, and the situation was suspicious.
Guilty verdicts handed down in 2015 Atkinson County murder
Two people have been found guilty and sentenced for their part in the death of 63-year-old Marlene Murray in 2015. 44-year-old Roderick Brock will be serving life without parole after being found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm b
Georgia man pleads guilty for selling meth, said wages too low at last job
A south Georgia man pled guilty this week on selling Methamphetamine and faces fines up to a $1 million and possibly 20 years in prison. A Fitzgerald man, just released from prison after serving ten years for manslaughter, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine in Albany
City, County retired educators celebrated
VALDOSTA — Retired educators were urged to find ways to protect their pensions at the annual Retiree Appreciation Breakfast. Mark Gilpatrick, part of the Lowndes County local chapter of Georgia Retired Educators Association, spoke to a crowd of retired Valdosta City Schools and Lowndes County School
New motions filed in Ryan Duke's case
OCILLA, Ga. (WTXL) - We have more developments on the latest new motions filed by Ryan Duke's attorneys this week. This comes six days after Judge Bill Reinhardt overruled five motions.
Chase stretches across South Georgia
STATENVILLE — A South Georgia man is in custody after leading authorities on a high-speed chase while damaging police cars along a 47-mile route. Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson said no officers or deputies were injured in the Tuesday pursuit that ran through multiple counties and reached speeds
Ocilla woman shares secrets to longevity
OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Talk about history when you meet someone born during a time when William Taft was president and the Titanic sunk. The adage wisdom comes with age was true for one woman who was very possibly Ocilla’s oldest resident.
He Came For One Year, Stayed Here 53
When Dr. Sidney Johnson hangs up his stethoscope, takes down his shingle, and closes his office on December 18, he’ll end his medical practice that began in Hazlehurst more than five decades ago.
Indians beat Atco, fall to Pierce, Wilcox, Maidens swept
The Charlton County Indians and Maidens played three games each last week with the Tribe defeating Atkinson County for the only win of the week. The young Maiden squad continues to gain valuable experience despite their shortcomings.
Fitzgerald man, Billy Ray Stafford, pleas guilty to possession and distribution of meth
ALBANY — A Fitzgerald man just released from prison after serving 10 years for manslaughter pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in federal court in Albany on Monday, Charlie Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said.
Tara Grinstead case: Leaked confession reveals motive behind killing, investigators say
BEN HILL COUNTY, Ga. - The man accused of killing a former beauty queen and teacher in south Georgia in 2005 confessed to investigators in 2017, according to newly leaked documents.
Two Convicted of Trafficking Marijuana
ATKINSON CO, Ga – Lynnette Murillo, age 19, and Brian Sandoval, age 20, were tried and convicted of trafficking marijuana in the Atkinson County Courthouse last week. The trial ended in a verdict of guilty against the pair. A third co-defendant, Kim Hughes, pled guilty and testified against the othe
Telfair Co. home 'complete loss' after fire, sheriff asks for community's help
TELFAIR COUNTY, Ga. -- Telfair County sheriff Chris Steverson hopes to bring the community together after a devastating fire took one family's home just weeks before Christmas.
Clinch breaks Irwin's hearts again
ATLANTA — Irwin County head coach Buddy Nobles wasn't quite ready to talk Tuesday afternoon. Irwin dropped its fourth Class A public state final in five years to the Clinch County Panthers 27-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Nobles was misty-eyed.
Cook Co. man sentenced for molestation
ADEL, GA (WALB) - Steven Edward Sutton, 46, pled guilty to Aggravated Child Molestation in Cook County. Superior Court Judge Clayton Tomlinson sentenced Sutton to 25 years in prison for the crime, according to Alapaha Circuit District Attorney Dick Perryman.
Fitzgerald man pleads guilty to selling meth
A Fitzgerald man previously imprisoned for manslaughter has now pled guilty to selling meth. According to the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia's Office, Billy Ray Stafford entered the plea Monday to the charge of possession with intent to distribute meth.
2 cousins found shot dead in Georgia home: 'This has broken us totally apart'
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Two men were found shot to death in a Georgia home early Monday, police said. The men, identified as 33-year-old Michael Wigfall and 36-year-old Robert Collier, were lying on the ground in the DeKalb County home when police arrived about 1 a.m., according to an incident report o
‘I was a coward:’ Accused Grinstead killer’s alleged confession describes what happened
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says its aware of a report detailing an alleged confession by Ryan Duke that's circulating the internet. Duke is the man charged with murdering Irwin County teacher and beauty queen, Tara Grinstead, in 2005.