Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Police Recruit Accidentally Shoots Himself

An Atlanta Police recruit accidentally shot himself in the leg. The unidentified recruit is in stable condition following Wednesday morning's incident in a parking lot adjacent to the Police Academy in southeast Atlanta. Police said the recruit was in his personal vehicle unloading a personally owned weapon when the accident happened.

The Atlanta Police Department doesn't allow recruits to bring weapons onto Academy property. An investigation into the incident is under way with the Atlanta Police internal affairs unit.

Wrongly Jailed Man Walks Free After 9 Years

Fifty-nine-year-old Charles Williams is starting his life all over again. He was released from prison two months ago after serving nine years for a crime he never committed.

"The judicial system let me down," said Williams.

Williams was arrested in 1996 for armed robbery at a Burger King on North Avenue in Atlanta to talk to him. Williams said he was across town that night and there was other evidence that never added up.

"The main witness said this person was 6'2 or 6'3 or taller, and I'm 5'7; and they said this person was 20 to 25 years old, and I'm 45," said Williams.

Williams went through several public defenders and sat in prison for years waiting for his trial.

"I'm still searching in my head how cruel they can be, and I'm still searching in my head how cruel it can be that a judge could sentence me to life without parole plus 20 years," said Williams.

Williams said FBI fingerprint tests showed no match with prints found on the restaurant counter, but he still stayed in prison.

"The FBI took the fingerprints on the counter and the wallet, and the FBI came back and said it wasn't your fingerprints," said Williams.

Williams said ultimately "ineffective counsel" caused his sentence to be overturned, and now he's planning to sue Fulton County.

"I lost two vehicles, a house and two jobs. I'm living in a homeless shelter now," he said.

Cops: Parents Trade Daughter For Car Payments

Authorities in central Georgia have arrested a couple they say traded sex with their 14-year-old daughter for payments on their minivan.

Dodge County sheriff's Capt. Tony Winborn said the parents were arrested Monday and are in jail awaiting a bond hearing. They face child molestation and pandering charges.

"We are sickened to hear about this case against this girl," Winborn said.

360 Degrees does not identify victims of sexual abuse and is not identifying the parents to protect the teen.

Winborn said 66-year-old Robert Wayne Bearden, who managed a used car dealership, was arrested on charges of child molestation and possession of a firearm by a felon. Winborn said the couple made their daughter perform sex acts on Bearden in lieu of making payments on their minivan.

"The investigation is ongoing. We expect more arrests to be made," Winborn said. Winborn didn't know whether any of the three has a lawyer.


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