Jury convicts man of beating trooper
DECATUR, GA. — A DeKalb County jury convicted a man Friday in the beating of a Georgia state trooper who was injured so badly that her career was ended.
Prosecutors say Garcia Venson beat trooper Kimberly Davis with her own gun after she shot him in a confrontation at the end of a chase in 2010.
Venson’s lawyers argued that he attacked the trooper only after she threatened to kill him when his hands were up where she could see them. Davis contended that Venson made a sudden move.
Venson, convicted of eight charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, will be sentenced at a later date.
He faces up to 80 years in prison.
Officer uses Taser on 2 girls at school
ATLANTA — Atlanta police say they are investigating whether an officer followed correct protocol when he used a Taser to stop a fight between two girls at a middle school.
The officer was working at Inman Park Middle School on Friday when he zapped the girls, ages 12 and 13, to break up a fight outside. Both were charged with fighting in public.
Police say they are reviewing video footage and audio recorded by the Taser.
In other news
NEW ORLEANS R&B legend Dr. John and Bob Marley’s former backup band, The Wailers, have been added to the lineup for the Savannah Music Festival, which opens March 20 and runs through April 6.