Originally created 11/19/02

Across Georgia



Board hears appeal for man set to die

ATLANTA -A clemency board heard a final appeal Monday for James Willie Brown.

Mr. Brown, 54, is scheduled to die by lethal injection today for killing Brenda Sue Watson, 21, an Atlanta go-go dancer, on May 12, 1975. The state Board of Pardons and Paroles heard his clemency appeal Monday morning but was not expected to rule until early today. Mr. Brown has argued that he is mentally ill and was not fit to stand trial.

Mr. Brown was convicted of driving the dancer to a secluded area in Gwinnett County, and tying her up with nylon rope. Her panties were shoved into her throat, and she suffocated as she was raped. Her body was found the next day.

State certifies votes in Nov. 5 election

ATLANTA -Official results of the Nov. 5 election show Gov. Roy Barnes lost his re-election bid by 92,944 votes and U.S. Sen. Max Cleland lost his bid for a second term by 139,039.

Of 2,015,021 votes cast in the governor's race, Mr. Barnes won 937,057, or 46.5 percent. Republican Sonny Perdue won 1,030,001, or 51.1 percent. Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes won 47,963 votes, or 2.4 percent.

In the Senate race, 2,031,250 votes were cast. Mr. Cleland won 932,242, or 45.9 percent. Republican Saxby Chambliss won 1,071,281, or 52.7 percent. Libertarian candidate Sandy Thomas got 27,827, or 1.4 percent.

The results were certified late last week by Secretary of State Cathy Cox.

Deer hunters discover two bodies in field

DOUGLASVILLE -Deer hunters discovered the bodies of two men Sunday in a Douglas County field, officials said.

Investigators say they might have been killed elsewhere and dumped in an area just off Riverside Parkway in Douglasville.

Police said the hunters found the bodies at 11:30 a.m. The victims, thought to be in their 20s, were shot in the heads and upper torsos, officials said. Their names were not released.

Turbulent flight sends passengers to hospital

ARLINGTON, Va. -Eight passengers were taken to hospitals Sunday after a Delta flight from Atlanta encountered severe turbulence on its way to Reagan National Airport.

Nick Miller, a spokesman for the Delta Connections carrier Comair, said three crew members and 47 passengers were aboard the plane, which hit turbulence about 30 minutes before landing safely at about 6:20 p.m.

Tara Hamilton, of the National Capital Area Airports Authority, said six passengers were treated at hospitals and released. Two others were checked for minor injuries.