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Man charged with murder in beating

SUMTER, S.C. — Authorities say a 33-year-old man beat a woman to death with a hammer in a Sumter County home and hurt her 14-year-old daughter and a disabled woman in the home.

Investigators said one of the injured women managed to call 911 on Saturday morning, and deputies arrested Jason Compton.

Deputies say Compton beat the 44-year-old woman, then forced the woman’s 14-year-old daughter to see what he had done. He continued beating the mother when the teen refused to have sex.

Investigators say Compton also tried to suffocate a 46-year-old disabled woman in the home.

Compton is charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and other charges.

Police find body in Chattahoochee River

DULUTH, GA. — Police in Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs are investigating after a body was found in the Chattahoochee River.

Rescue crews began searching an area near Abbotts Bridge Park in the Duluth area Saturday morning after a boater reported seeing someone in the river.

Authorities eventually found a body and were conducting an investigation.

Few other details were immediately available.

Man is charged in grandmother’s death

GAINSVILLE, GA. — A northeast Georgia man is accused of killing his 70-year-old grandmother.

Hall County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the Gainesville area about 2:30 p.m. Friday in response to a report of a woman being assaulted.

Hall County sheriff’s deputy John Marshall said paramedics transported Lula Bell Howard to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she later died.

Sheriff’s officials say Howard’s grandson was later arrested and charged with her death.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the grandson – 32-year-old Ronnie Quqomeki Rucker of Gainesville – was booked into the Hall County jail and was awaiting his first court appearance.


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