Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Past articles by Shaddi:

‘We knew she didn’t run away’: Family of slain Gwinnett teen wants change

For nearly seven long months, Susana Morales’ family waited for answers. → Read More

Ex-Doraville police officer accused of killing teen faces new charge

A former Doraville police officer accused of killing a teenage girl and hiding her body near a Gwinnett County creek now faces an unrelated burglary charge, jail records show. → Read More

YSL trial: State files motion to sever 2 defendants with pregnant attorneys

Fulton County prosecutors are seeking to sever two defendants from the upcoming Young Slime Life gang trial because their defense attorneys are pregnant. → Read More

YSL Trial: Judge signs off on wayward juror’s 30-page essay

A potential Fulton County juror held in contempt after traveling to the Dominican Republic instead of returning to court last month was excused from service in the Young Slime Life gang case Monday after submitting the 30-page paper assigned by the judge. → Read More

Atlanta police release footage of training center shooting aftermath

The Atlanta Police Department was releasing body camera footage Wednesday night from officers that responded to the aftermath of last month’s fatal shooting near the site of the city’s planned public safety training center. → Read More

YSL trial: Why Fulton’s sweeping gang case is moving so slowly

Jury selection in the sweeping gang case against award-winning rapper Young Thug and his 13 co-defendants officially began Jan. 4. → Read More

Tyre Nichols case: Memphis’ police chief was once fired from Atlanta Police Department

The chief of Memphis’ police department had a lengthy career in Atlanta that nearly ended with her 2008 firing in connection with a botched investigation involving the husband of a police sergeant. → Read More

Young Thug surprised by courtroom pill handoff, attorneys say

Attorneys for Atlanta rapper Young Thug say their client was stunned when a co-defendant walked up and handed him a prescription pain pill in the middle of court last week. → Read More

YSL trial: Juror who left the country must write 30-page essay, judge rules

A potential juror who traveled to the Dominican Republic on business instead of returning to Fulton County court has been ordered to write a 30-page essay on the importance of jury service. → Read More

YSL trial: Jury selection off to a slow start

A potential juror entered the jury assembly hall on the seventh floor of the Fulton County courthouse and immediately noticed the news camera. → Read More

YSL trial judge to also hear motions in spa shooter death penalty case, but not until May

The 23-year-old charged in the 2021 spa shooting rampage that killed eight people across metro Atlanta appeared virtually in a Fulton County courtroom Thursday afternoon. → Read More

Closing arguments delivered in suspended judge’s ethics trial

A seven-day hearing into whether a suspended Georgia Court of Appeals judge committed three dozen ethics violations concluded Thursday, with Christian Coomer’s attorneys arguing that while the judge made mistakes, he is a good man who deserves to remain on the bench. → Read More

Cherokee County deputies take families Christmas shopping

Seated in a buggy and grinning from ear to ear, 15-month-old Mahogani Thomas rode up and down the aisles of a Canton Walmart, helping herself to whatever toys caught her eye. → Read More

Young Thug’s brother takes plea deal ahead of YSL trial

The brother of Atlanta rapper Young Thug entered a negotiated guilty plea on Tuesday, making him the fifth defendant to plead out before the sprawling gang case goes to trial next month. → Read More

Walmart cancels Gunna’s sold-out gift card giveaway, cops say

South Fulton police said Saturday that a local Walmart has canceled a $100,000 gift card giveaway planned by Atlanta rapper Gunna just days after his release from jail. → Read More

Former Atlanta officer charged with murder in FBI task force shooting

A former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man while working on an FBI task force nearly four years ago was indicted Friday on murder and other charges, officials said. → Read More

Prosecutors relent some, but still seek to restrict filming at upcoming gang trial

Fulton County prosecutors on Thursday partially relented on the state’s request to prohibit news outlets from filming in court during next month’s highly publicized trial in the “Young Slime Life” gang case. → Read More

Gunna and alleged gang co-founder negotiate guilty pleas in YSL RICO case

Two co-defendants including Atlanta rapper Gunna have entered negotiated guilty pleas ahead of the RICO trial against the Young Slime Life gang scheduled to start next month. → Read More

Man who killed 2 Cobb deputies pleads guilty, gets life in prison

The man who shot two Cobb County sheriff’s deputies pleaded guilty to murder and other charges Thursday morning, exactly three months after killing the law enforcement officers. → Read More

Woman suspected in deadly DeKalb shooting arrested in Texas

A woman accused of fatally shooting her ex-girlfriend’s stepfather during an argument at a DeKalb County apartment complex spent two weeks on the run before being captured this week in Texas, police said. → Read More