Across the region

Details emerge in slaying of inmate


COLUMBIA — The word “pervert” was written on the forehead of a convicted child molester whose mutilated body was found near a shower in a prison, according to a report obtained by The State newspaper.

The mutilation of Ricky Cooper, 49, included pens and safety pins stuck in his eyes, ears and nose, and swastikas carved and written on his face. His stomach was slashed, his groin was bloodied, and his shredded prison identity card was clipped to an ear, the newspaper reported Saturday.

State corrections officials had declined to describe the Nov. 26 crime.

According to the report, prison officials checked on Cooper after receiving an anonymous call about a stabbing. It doesn’t say whether the mutilation occurred before or after he was strangled with string.

Cooper began a 20-year sentence from Aiken County in March 2009.

His 32-year-old cellmate John New, of Lee County, is charged with murder. New is serving a life sentence for taking hostages by force, according to the Corrections Department.

Bill filed to drug test lawmakers

ATLANTA — A Democratic lawmaker from Atlanta says he’s filed a bill that would require all state legislators to submit to drug tests.

Rep. Scott Holcomb tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he filed the bill Friday. The bill comes after Republicans filed one that would require the state to administer drug tests to parents who apply for financial assistance.

State lawmakers have been able to pre-file proposed laws and resolutions for the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 9.

City councilman turns himself in

MARIETTA, GA. — Auth­orities say a Marietta city council member turned himself in on charges stemming from an argument with another council member.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Anthony Coleman turned himself in at the Cobb County jail Friday. He faces misdemeanor simple battery and simple assault charges. Marietta police asked the GBI to investigate allegations that Coleman assaulted a fellow council member during a meeting Sept. 22.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports Coleman was released about 4:45 p.m. Friday on a $2,000 bond.

– From wire reports