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Past articles by Christian:

Convicted spa shooter to be arraigned Monday in Fulton case

The last time Robert Aaron Long was in a Georgia courtroom, he gave up any hope of freedom, pleading guilty in Cherokee County to four fatal shootings and more than a dozen other charges. When he returns to court on Monday, August 30th, in Fulton County for arraignment, the stakes will be even higher because the district attorney is seeking the death penalty. → Read More

Hate crimes trial date set in Ahmaud Arbery case

A date has been set for the federal trial of a Brunswick trio accused of killing a Black man as he ran through their neighborhood in February 2020. Jury selection will begin in Brunswick on Feb. 7 following Tuesday’s order by a federal judge. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Atlanta federal pen nearly vacant amid corruption investigation

An investigation into alleged corruption at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta has led federal officials to reassign or replace several prison staffers and transfer roughly 1,1000 offenders to facilities out of state, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. → Read More

Fulton DA won’t prosecute Atlanta police officer in fatal 2016 shooting

Despite surveillance video that appeared to contradict the officer’s account, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has decided against prosecuting a veteran Atlanta cop for the fatal shooting of DeAundre Phillips. → Read More

State lawmakers barred from touring Arrendale prison

Georgia Department of Corrections officials on Wednesday denied entry to seven state representatives probing allegedly inhumane conditions at Georgia’s largest women’s prison. → Read More

Attorneys for Secoriea Turner parents: Atlanta culpable in 8-year-old’s death

City and police leaders did nothing to stop armed young men who, for weeks, controlled access to a southwest Atlanta street where Secoriea Turner was shot and killed, attorneys for the 8-year-old girl’s parents told reporters Tuesday. → Read More

Gang link to Turner killing brings new scrutiny to city response

In the weeks following the death of Rayshard Brooks, the streets near a southwest Atlanta Wendy’s where he was shot by an Atlanta officer became a flashpoint in the nation’s ongoing protests over police violence. → Read More

Arrest warrant alleges Secoriea Turner killed by Bloods gang members

The 23-year-old Stone Mountain man charged in last summer’s shooting death of an 8-year-old girl was a gang member involved in uprising to protest the shooting of a fellow Bloods member, Rayshard Brooks, according to a Fulton County arrest affidavit. → Read More

Fulton DA urges people not to go into Piedmont Park alone at night

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, assuming a more prominent role in high-profile crime investigations, said Thursday there was unity among all the agencies investigating the stabbing deaths in Piedmont Park of a Midtown woman and her dog. → Read More

After plea in Cherokee, Fulton DA still pursues hate crime charge, death

Georgia's Fulton County district attorney still plans to pursue the death penalty and hate crime charges against Robert Aaron Long, the man accused of killing four Asian women at two Atlanta spas. → Read More

Mixed emotions to spa shooter’s Cherokee plea deal as Fulton awaits case

The plea deal of four consecutive life sentences without parole for Cherokee County spa shooter Robert Aaron Long is drawing mixed reactions as the case heads to Fulton County, where the district attorney has said she'll seek the death penalty. → Read More

BREAKING: Cherokee prosecutor announces plea deal in spa shootings

Robert Aaron Long, accused of fatally shooting eight people at three metro Atlanta spas, has agreed to plead guilty to four of the murders in a deal announced Tuesday in a Cherokee County courtroom. → Read More

Plea deal expected Tuesday in Cherokee County spa killings

Robert Aaron Long, accused of fatally shooting eight people at three metro Atlanta spas, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to murdering four of the victims. Long is set for arraignment at 9 a.m. in Cherokee County, where he is accused of four killings at Youngs Asian Massage near Woodstock on March 16. → Read More

Prosecutor appointed in Rayshard Brooks shooting death case

More than a year after Rayshard Brooks was shot to death by an Atlanta police officer in a Wendy’s parking lot, the case finally has a prosecutor. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Cherokee prosecutors near plea deal with spa shooting suspect, Fulton DA says

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said Wednesday that she has been informed the Cherokee County case involving Robert Aaron Long, charged with multiple counts of murder following a series of shootings at three metro Atlanta spas, will be resolved at a recently scheduled arraignment next week. → Read More

Kennesaw community on edge after golf course killings

In a statement released Tuesday, Cobb County police said they believe golf pro Gene Siller “happened upon a crime in progress.” Siller was not targeted, but rather was killed "because he witnessed an active crime taking place,” police said. → Read More

BREAKING: Judge recuses Fulton DA from Rayshard Brooks case

A judge has granted Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ request to recuse her office from prosecuting Atlanta Police Department Officer Garrett Rolfe. → Read More

Body cam footage raises questions following fatal police shooting

The family of Matthew Zadok Williams, shot dead in his condominium April 12 by a DeKalb County police officer, met Wednesday with DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston. → Read More

Crowd rallies downtown to remember George Floyd and highlight local cases involving police

A crowd of about 100 people rallied downtown Tuesday to remember George Floyd, killed a year ago by a since fired and convicted former Minneapolis police officer. The gathering also focused attention on people who have died following police shootings in metro Atlanta. → Read More

ICE cuts ties to SW Georgia immigrant detention facility

The Biden Administration on Thursday severed ties to a southwest Georgia detention center under scrutiny after dozens of detainees accused the staff doctor there of inhumane treatment. → Read More