Originally created 08/13/02

Across Georgia



Pardons board denies clemency for killer

ATLANTA -Wallace Fugate, sentenced to death for killing his wife 11 years ago, was denied clemency Monday.

Mr. Fugate, 52, already had been denied clemency by the state Pardons and Paroles board, but that denial was overturned in June just hours before he was to be put to death.

The board was short one member, and a Fulton County judge gave Mr. Fugate a stay of execution until all five members of the pardons board could rule.

Mr. Fugate is to be executed Wednesday.

Judge rejects bond for mom in 2 deaths

GRIFFIN -A judge denied bond Monday for a woman accused of killing her two sons in a nursing home.

Superior Court Judge Ben J. Miller cited a court-ordered psychological evaluation in his decision, saying he has a "grave concern" that 63-year-old Carol Carr would hurt herself or someone else if released from jail.

Ms. Carr has been jailed since June 8. She is charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of her sons.

Randy Scott, 42, and Andy Scott, 41, suffered from Huntington's disease, a degenerative disorder that causes excessive twitching, and, eventually, dementia and death.

Valdosta State gets $8 million donation

VALDOSTA -Valdosta State University has received $8 million from the estate of Lillian S. Steele, the largest gift in the school's history.

The gift will endow academic scholarships in finance and accounting and establish distinguished chairs in business administration.

Ms. Steele, who died July 8, 2001, and her husband, Rea Steele, who died in 1991, moved to Valdosta from Panama City, Fla., in 1954 when Mr. Steele was elected president of First State Bank, which later became part of the Synovus Financial Corp.

Jury indicts family in illegal guns case

ATLANTA -A north Georgia family faces criminal charges in what police say was a firearms ring that sold more than 1,000 guns illegally.

Kenneth Christol, 55, sold guns at Big D's Flea Market in Dalton. Police say Mr. Christol sold them without conducting background checks.

Dozens of the guns later turned up at crime scenes, including two police shootings, said Mark Potter, a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office in Atlanta. The indictments were announced Monday.

Mr. Christol's wife, Colleen, and son Gregory were also indicted. All three live in Rocky Face in Whitfield County.