Originally created 10/26/02

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Court schedules date for killer's death

ADEL -A Nov. 13 execution date has been set for a Cook County man convicted of killing two people at a rest area and another man at a truck stop in 1980.

Cook County Superior Court ordered William Howard Putnam's execution Friday.

Mr. Putnam, 59, was sentenced to die for the July 10, 1980, killing of David Hardin and Katie Beck. Earlier that evening, Mr. Putnam had murdered William Hodges at a truck stop in Lowndes County.

Parole board will hear former senator's case

ATLANTA -The Georgia Parole Board voted Friday to hold a full hearing on whether to revoke the parole of former state Sen. Ralph David Abernathy III.

Mr. Abernathy remains in the Fulton County jail after being accused last month of violating his parole on a theft conviction.

Parole officials say Mr. Abernathy fraudulently collected $35,000 from two women with false promises that he could get early prison relief for a friend or a relative.

Man gets 40-year term for child enticement

PEACHTREE CITY -A man who pleaded guilty to luring children into his golf cart was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday.

Andrew Joseph Magnuson, 24, cruised Peachtree City's golf-cart paths, picking up two 10-year-old boys Oct. 29, 2000. He talked to them about pornographic pictures before releasing them.

Mr. Magnuson was arrested the next day near an elementary school. Police found his golf cart loaded with duct tape, rope and a knife.

Grandmother's bond is revoked over glass

ATLANTA -A judge has revoked bond for an East Point woman who brought a nail and a piece of glass to court while on trial for involuntary manslaughter.

The bond for Beverly Headspeth, who is charged in the death of her 3-year-old granddaughter Alexis, was revoked after court officials said Ms. Headspeth passed the nail and glass to her boyfriend in her eyeglasses case. Her boyfriend, Gregory Mena-Perez, is charged with child cruelty.



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