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Father gets 20 years for beating infant son

Father gets 20 years for beating infant son

AUSTELL, Ga. -- An Austell man has been sentenced to 30 years, with 20 to be served in prison, for severely beating his 8-week-old son.

Joseph Rucker McFall, 31, pleaded guilty last week to five counts of aggravated battery against a child. He admitted to battering his son in the head, breaking both his arms and fracturing one of his ribs in October 2012.

McFall's son, who is now 20 months old, suffered permanent damage from the abuse. He is legally blind and may never walk, talk or behave normally, according to information presented in court.

The boy's mother spoke during last week's hearing, saying she struggles every day to care for her child. She has filed for divorce from McFall.

The defendant also addressed the court, saying his child's injuries were accidental. But Cobb County Superior Court Judge James G. Bodiford disagreed.

Gang members sentenced to prison

Gang members sentenced to prison

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cobb County teens will spend time in prison after being convicted of a gang-related burglary.

Tuesday, a Cobb County Superior Court Judge sentenced 18-year-old Jamal Akeem Lisbon of Smyrna to 10 years, with two to be served in custody. A co-defendant, 17-year-old Calvin "Roscoe" Jermaine McKinney of Austell, was sentenced to 11 years, with three to be served in prison.

Both men pleaded guilty to five counts of violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. They are members of the Triple G gang, described by prosecutors as a "hybrid gang," or one that can easily be absorbed by a larger, better known gang.

Lisbon and McKinney burglarized a Mableton home on Sept. 3, 2013, and were spotted by several witnesses walking through nearby woods with stolen televisions, according to prosecutors. They were arrested later that day. The burglary was reported staged to strengthen Triple G's criminal purposes.

1 killed in wreck on C.H. James Parkway

1 killed in wreck on C.H. James Parkway

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- One person was killed in a fiery four-vehicle wreck in Powder Springs Monday afternoon.

The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. on C.H. James Parkway between Lewis and Garrett roads.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the incident began when a Mazda tried to pass a Toyota pickup truck.

Danielle Garcia, 26, of Douglasville was driving her Mazda B4000 south on C.H. James Parkway when she tried to pass a Toyota Tundra driven by 61-year-old Bobby Banks of Powder Springs.

Pierce said the front of Garcia's truck clipped the back of Banks's, causing him to lose control and swerve into the northbound lanes. The Tundra collided head-on with an Infiniti G35.

The Infiniti then swerved in front of a Freightliner tractor trailer driven by 28-year-old Alhassane Dansoko of Decatur. The two vehicles collided, and the Infiniti burst into flames.

85-year-old woman killed in Marietta DUI crash

85-year-old woman killed in Marietta DUI crash

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an accident that killed an 85-year-old Marietta woman.

The wreck happened shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday on Terrell Mill Road just south of Waterfall Village Drive in Marietta.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the elderly woman, Kathryn LaPointe, was turning onto Terrell Mill Road out of a Walmart parking lot when her car was hit on the driver's side by a silver Hyundai.

LaPointe was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Hyundai driver, 45-year-old Cynthia Max, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Pierce said police determined she'd been drinking.

Max was arrested for DUI and taken to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Jail records show her bond was set at $1,320.

'Loud music killing' trial may have echoes of Zimmerman

'Loud music killing' trial may have echoes of Zimmerman

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A white software developer is about to go on trial in Florida in the death of a black teenager -- in a case that raises comparisons to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of 47-year-old Michael Dunn.

Police say Dunn fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012 outside a Jacksonville convenience store after arguing over loud music that Davis and his friends were playing from their SUV.

Dunn says he fired multiple shots into the SUV after the teens threatened him and one raised a shotgun. Dunn was arrested the next day.

Suspect in loud music killing asks for trial delay

Suspect in loud music killing asks for trial delay

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Florida man will ask to delay his trial on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a teenager following an argument over loud music.

An appeals court judge ruled last week that Michael David Dunn's trial judge must release more evidence to the public.

Dunn plans to argue Tuesday for another trial delay.

He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville gas station in November 2012. Dunn complained about loud music from Davis' car and told police he fired into the vehicle when he thought he saw a gun.

Davis, who once attend Wheeler High School in Cobb County, died. His funeral was held in Powder Springs, and he is buried at Kennesaw Memorial Park in Marietta.

Woman indicted for killing KSU student

Woman indicted for killing KSU student

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A 22-year-old Austell woman has been charged with shooting a Kennesaw State University student to death last year.

Sparkles Lashayla Lindsey is accused of killing Kimberly Kilgore near the entrance to a Kennesaw apartment complex on Oct. 11, 2013.

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Lindsey faces a number of charges in Kilgore's death, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and firearm possession.

Cobb County police said the crime began as a road rage incident. When Kilgore tried to pull into the Shiloh Green apartment complex on Walton Green Way, Lindsey followed her.

Lindsey reportedly pulled out a gun and shot Kilgore. The 21-year-old college student later died at the hospital.