FAMU update: Alleged killers performed at victim’s funeral

In all, 11 members of the famed—and now suspended—Florida A&M Marching Band have been charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion of Decatur, Ga., on Nov. 19, 2011. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Bo Emerson writes: Looking back, the horror and betrayal Robert Champion’s family feels is crystallized in this fact: prominent in his funeral procession were several of those now accused in his death. At least two of them had already been expelled by Florida A&M University in conjunction with the hazing incident that cost the drum major his life, but the family wasn’t aware of that. “To be there, to participate as if you were totally innocent,” said his mother, Pam Champion, sitting in her Decatur living room and shaking…

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Grand jury indicts 3 DeKalb, GA officers in brutality case

Here’s an example of why some kids run when they see the cops. Three DeKalb County (GA) police officers have been indicted on numerous felony charges in connection with the alleged beatings of three teenage suspects in their custody. A grand jury has returned a total of 15 counts against Blake Andrew Norwood, Arthur Parker III and Sgt. Anthony Remone Robinson. The charges include battery, aggravated assault, making false statements and violating their oaths, and racketeering. The alleged beatings occurred in December 2010 and November 2011. Two of the officers, Norwood and Parker, were arrested last November and resigned in the face of being fired. Robinson, who allegedly ordered the beatings, has been on administrative leave since the incidents were brought to…

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Author Interview

Kayla Beck has posted an author interview with me over on Bibliophilia, Please.  Check it out.

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The curious case of Lynn Turner coming to TV

The curious case of Lynn Turner, the Forsyth County woman with the penchant for poisoning the men in her life with anti-freeze—and who later killed herself rather than serve out her life sentence in prison—is coming to television. AccessNorthGa.com reports: “Investigation Discovery is featuring the murders of Glenn Turner and Randy Thompson on its New series ‘Motives & Murders.’” Read more. For background on Lynn Turner’s case, click here.   

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George Zimmerman’s website goes off the net, even though money is pouring in

The Associated Press is reporting that this was done at the request of Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara. Previously, O’Mara had hinted to the media that he thought Zimmerman might be declared indigent, and money raised by the website to help fund his defense would complicate the issue. However, it appears that donations had been pouring into the website, and the defendant’s family reports receiving more than $200,000 in donations to the site, according to CNN. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. He has pleaded not guilty and claims he acted in self-defense.  

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Newton neighborhood watch, day 3: Don Samuel, superlawyer

The soap opera that is the Newton County neighborhood watch case continues. Now the Newton neighborhood watch dudes’ attorney, Mario Ninfo, is blaming/crediting attorney Don Samuel with turning the case around. He says that his clients are scapegoats—in essence, claiming that they were arrested and charged to cover the Newton County Sheriff’s Department’s assets after lawmen’s faux pas. What happened to change things?  “Don Samuel happened,” Ninfo said. Here’s how it went down. Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji, originally from Zaire, showed up one evening at the vacant house their son had purchased, intending to change locks. (White) neighbors Robert Canoles and his son Brandensaw them and, assuming they’re burglars, rushed over armed with assault rifles, held them at bay, and called the…

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