Mistrial declared in official’s death
COLUMBUS, GA. — A judge in Columbus declared a mistrial Wednesday in the murder trial of an man charged with stabbing the local school superintendent to death 20 years ago.
Kareem Lane, of Pell City, Ala., was charged with murder in 2010 after authorities said they used DNA testing to tie the former U.S. Marine to the 1992 killing of Muscogee County School Superintendent Jim Burns.
Jurors deliberated for three days with no verdict.
Lane’s defense attorney had attacked the forensic evidence. Experts testified DNA found on the murder weapon did not definitively incriminate Lane because tests showed a second person had also handled the same knife.
Man gets life term for sex-trafficking
ATLANTA — A man accused of operating a sex-trafficking ring in Atlanta has been sentenced to life in federal prison.
Prosecutors say Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, of Stone Mountain, committed violent sexual acts against his victims, bound them with duct tape, took their identification and committed other atrocities to keep them captive.
Mustafa was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted in July of sex-trafficking, kidnapping, transporting women across state lines for prostitution, document servitude, and enticement of a minor for sexual activity.
His co-defendant, Kalandra Annette Wallace, of Jonesboro, pleaded guilty in October and got five years in federal prison.
Authorities say Mustafa and Wallace recruited young women through classified ad websites and lured them into prostitution.
In other news
ATLANTA’S MAYOR plans to veto a new city ordinance that would let authorities send aggressive panhandlers to jail for up to six months, his spokesman said. The ordinance “does not sufficiently address homelessness and aggressive panhandling in a holistic manner,” Reese McCranie said.