JONESBORO, GA. — Clayton County officials say they can’t pursue the death penalty for 17-year-old Johnathan Bun in the fatal shooting of a sheriff’s deputy because he’s too young.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Erman Tanjuatco said prosecutors wanted to seek the death penalty for Bun, who is charged with shooting deputy Rick Daly. Prosecutors say the deputy had stopped a car on July 20 to help other officers arrest Bun in an armed robbery case when Bun stepped from the car and opened fire.
The U.S. Supreme Court has set a minimum age of 18 at the time of the crime for capital punishment.
A bond hearing scheduled for today was cancelled after a grand jury late last month filed formal charges against Bun.
10 Republicans on primary ballot
ATLANTA — Ten Republicans will be on the ballot in Georgia for the state’s presidential preference primary.
The Georgia Republican Party has submitted a letter indicating the candidates whose names will appear on the March 6 ballot. They are: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
State Democratic Party officials have already submitted Barack Obama’s name to Georgia’s secretary of state. The president is seeking a second term and is not facing primary opposition.
Georgia election law requires the secretary of state’s office to publish the lists of each party’s candidates on its website during the fourth week immediately preceding the date on which the presidential preference primary is to be held.
In other news
A 62-YEAR-OLD Luthersville, Ga., man has been indicted on federal fraud charges involving federal contracts reserved for service-disabled veterans. Arthur Wayne Singleton was arraigned in federal court on Wednesday. Prosecutors say he obtained the contracts under false pretenses.