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Man who dismembered girlfriend denied appeal

Man who dismembered girlfriend denied appeal

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has denied an appeal from a man convicted of murdering and dismembering his girlfriend.

Franklin Benson was sentenced to life plus 11 years in prison for killing 49-year-old Leslyan Williams and scattering her remains in a secluded part of Newton County.

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Benson and Williams were a couple and spent much of their time at her Decatur home. On Oct. 28, 2007, they got into a fight over money Benson owed Williams. Later that evening, someone attempted to transfer $7,500 from Williams' bank account into Benson's overdrawn account.

Deputy sheriff charged with drug trafficking

Deputy sheriff charged with drug trafficking

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A deputy sheriff with the Newton County Sheriff's Office has been charged with trafficking marijuana.

Darrell Mathis was arrested Sept. 19 after trying to sell one pound of marijuana to an undercover FBI agent. He made his first appearance before a federal judge last week.

"This is an embarrassment to the Newton County Sheriff's Office as well as law enforcement in general. Mr. Mathis has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation," Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown said. "My office is completely cooperating with the FBI in this investigation."

According to information presented in court, the FBI learned in April that Mathis, 40, was trafficking marijuana. Over the course of the investigation, he sold the drug to an FBI agent and an informant, sometimes while wearing his sheriff's office uniform and sitting in his patrol car.

Man charged with stabbing ex-girlfriend to death

Man charged with stabbing ex-girlfriend to death

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- An Oxford, Ga., man is behind bars in Fayette County for stabbing an ex-girlfriend to death.

Terry Bernard Davis, 45, is being held on a murder charge.

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Fayette County Sheriff's Det. Josh Shelton said Davis is accused of stabbing 29-year-old Jessica Tolbert on May 24. Tolbert was taken to Piedmont Fayette Hospital, where she passed away.

Witnesses told investigators they saw Davis leaving Tolbert's Fayetteville home after the stabbing. Atlanta Police and the U.S. Marshals Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force helped Fayette County Sheriff's officials catch up with and arrest Davis in Atlanta Tuesday morning, Shelton said.

Teen shoots man who shot him years earlier

Teen shoots man who shot him years earlier

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that left one man in jail and another with life-threatening injuries.

The shooting happened at around 7 p.m. Sunday at a house on Fieldstone View Lane SE in Conyers.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Inv. Michael Camp said 19-year-old Rashad Thompson is accused of shooting 25-year-old Sandino Aikens of Covington at least four times.

After shooting Aikens, Thompson ran to his home on nearby Country Trace, where he was arrested about half an hour later, Camp said.

Aikens is in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital. Thompson is being held in the Rockdale County Jail on an aggravated assault charge; more charges are possible, according to Camp.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Two arrested on Newton Co. child molestation charges

Two arrested on Newton Co. child molestation charges

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Newton County authorities say two men wanted for child molestation and child exploitation charges were arrested Sunday in Alachua, Fla.

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Newton County Sheriff's officials said 57-year-old David Wesley Crawford turned himself in to Alachua Police. A few minutes later, Alachua officers arrested 36-year-old Donald Mac Brown after he tried to carjack a woman.

The two fled Newton County early last week following allegations they molested and sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl.

Authorities said both men were armed when they were arrested, but gave up without incident.

2 fugitives wanted for child molestation

2 fugitives wanted for child molestation

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Newton County and Conyers have teamed up to look for two men accused of child molestation.

Donald Mac Brown and David Wesley Crawford are believed to be hiding in wooded areas of Newton County. A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals said the men know they are wanted, and Brown has said in the past that he refuses to return to jail.

Both men are wanted in Newton County for child molestation and other charges. Brown also faces a charge of sexual exploitation in Conyers.

Brown is described as a white man, 34 years old, 6 feet tall and 245 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Crawford is a white man, 57 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 135 pounds, with blue eyes; he is mostly bald.

Family members told investigators they believe the men are driving a white 1999 Ford F-150 with Georgia tag BZX9023, and that they may be armed with guns and knives.