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June 21, 2018 - 12:00 am

DOUBLE SHOOTING-METRO ATLANTA

1 person dead, 1 wounded in shooting outside Atlanta

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police near Atlanta are investigating a double shooting that left one person dead.

Decatur police said in a statement that officers were called to an intersection in the city east of Atlanta shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Police found two people who had been shot inside a vehicle. Police said one of them is dead and the other was treated at a hospital for wounds that were not considered life-threatening.

Police said the suspect drove a black Chrysler.

Few other details were available early Thursday.

FATAL CRASH-INDICTMENT DISMISSED

2 indictments in crash that killed investigator dismissed

(Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com)

THOMSON, Ga. (AP) — Indictments have been dismissed against a Georgia couple charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a sheriff's investigator and involved their daughter.

The Augusta Chronicle reported Wednesday that indictments against Brian Atkins Sr. and his wife, Jacquelyn Atkins, were dismissed because additional evidence came to light after the grand jury presentation.

Brian Atkins had been indicted on tampering with evidence in the May collision that killed Columbia County Sheriff's investigator Frank Dodson.

Jacquelyn Atkins had been indicted on charges including permitting an unlicensed person to drive. The indictment says she knew of the involvement of her vehicle, her daughter and the 16-year-old driver in the wreck and "turned a blind eye to the information."

It is unclear if they have lawyers.

Both cases will be presented again in August with the new evidence.

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INMATE DEATH-GEORGIA

Prison officials say inmate appears to have killed himself

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Prison officials say an inmate appears to have killed himself at a south Georgia facility.

The Department of Corrections said in a news release Wednesday that prison officers found David Cordova unresponsive in his cell at Valdosta State Prison at around 4:55 p.m. Tuesday.

The release says prison medical staff and emergency responders tried unsuccessfully to revive Cordova. The Lowndes County Coroner pronounced him dead at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Department of Corrections is investigating the death, which is standard procedure when an inmate dies in custody.

Cordova had been sentenced in 1999 to serve life in prison without parole. He had been convicted in Long County on charges of murder, kidnapping and armed robbery.

SEVERE WEATHER

Severe storms could strike parts of central, southern US

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say much of the central and southeast U.S. will be at risk of severe storms as the weekend approaches.

The national Storm Prediction Center says two regions will be at most risk of strong to severe thunderstorms Friday. They include an area that encompasses parts of western Oklahoma, western Kansas and eastern Colorado.

Also Friday, storms could be severe in the Deep South, especially in parts of southern Arkansas; northern Louisiana; northern Mississippi, northern Alabama; and parts of Tennessee.

Forecasters say high winds and hail will be the primary threats, though some tornadoes will also be possible.

On Saturday, there's a threat of severe storms in parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas that includes the cities of Oklahoma City; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Springfield, Missouri.

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS-GEORGIA

In 6 hours, 3 metro Atlanta officers involved in shootings

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com)

ATLANTA (AP) — In just six hours, three metro Atlanta police officers were involved in shootings.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports two of Tuesday's shootings were fatal. The first occurred around 4:45 p.m. when an officer attempted to stop a car believed to be stolen. Authorities say the driver aimed the car at the officer who then shot him. The driver is in critical condition at a hospital.

The second shooting happened at 10 p.m. following an hour-long standoff with police. Authorities say the man was holding a woman against her will and was killed after opening fire on police.

The third shooting occurred when officers responded to a domestic disturbance. Authorities say a man displayed a gun and was fatally shot in his home.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was investigating the shootings.

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IMMIGRATION-ATLANTA MAYOR

Atlanta mayor stops immigration cooperation over separations

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor is calling the forced separation of migrant families at the country's Southern border "despicable" and says the city won't accept any new immigration detainees until she's sure the separations have stopped.

The city has long had an agreement to house U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees in the city jail.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order Wednesday saying the jail won't take any more until she gets assurances the policy has been rescinded and the separations have ceased.

The order says Bottoms "will not allow the City of Atlanta to risk being complicit in separating families as a result of this policy."

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to keep families together. But the president says the "zero tolerance" policy will continue.

DEAF INMATES-LAWSUIT-THE LATEST

The Latest: Suit says deaf inmates denied communication help

ATLANTA (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is seeking to turn a lawsuit filed by a former deaf inmate into a class-action suit. The ACLU says Georgia isn't doing enough to help deaf and partially deaf inmates communicate while they're locked up and after they're released.

Jerry Coen, who is deaf, was an inmate when he filed a lawsuit in August 2016 and an updated version in January 2017. He alleged that officials at the Georgia prison where he was being held were not providing adequate access to interpreters and other communication aids.

The ACLU of Georgia on Wednesday filed a new version of his complaint. It has an expanded scope, now targeting three Georgia state agencies and numerous state officials. It is filed on behalf of Coen and 13 other current and former inmates and seeks class-action status.

COLD CASE-ARRESTS

Testimony starts in cold-case slaying blamed on racism

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — Testimony is under way in Georgia in the cold-case slaying of a black man whom authorities have said was killed because of racism.

Frank Gebhardt is charged with malice murder in the killing of Timothy Coggins near Griffin, Georgia, in 1983.

The killing remained unsolved until last fall, when authorities announced the arrests of the 60-year-old Gebhardt and another white man.

A prosecutor has said the 23-year-old Coggins was killed because he had been "socializing" with a white woman.

Court documents accuse the men of stabbing and cutting Coggins to death. A prosecutor has said Coggins also was dragged through the woods behind a pickup truck.

Gebhardt is fighting the charges.

A jury of 10 whites and two blacks is hearing the case. Gebhardt's brother-in-law Bill Moore awaits trial.

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