Originally created 09/27/03

Across Georgia



Execution date set for death row inmate

JACKSON - Death row inmate Earnest Ulyesses Morrison, convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of a Richmond County woman, was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday night, Georgia corrections officials said.

The execution is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Mr. Morrison, 43, was convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of Edna Mary Griffin, a family acquaintance, in Richmond County. At the time of the murder, Mr. Morrison was an escapee from an Aiken jail, where he was being held on rape and robbery charges.

School boosts security after teacher threat

DECATUR - Officials said Friday that security will be increased at Decatur High School after officials found a threat against two teachers written in graffiti on a bathroom wall.

The graffiti threat was found Wednesday in the men's room of the Decatur branch of the DeKalb County Library.

Funding allegations lead official to resign

PEACHTREE CITY - A city development official in Peachtree City has resigned amid allegations he mismanaged the city's tennis center and 2,500-seat amphitheater.

Virgil Christian resigned Thursday night. Mr. Christian is not accused of anything illegal, but Mayor Steve Brown said the development authority spent too much money and overpaid employees. Another employee complained about the terms of a sponsorship deal with Adidas. The city will take over operations at the 24 tennis courts and amphitheater Oct. 30.

12-year-old arrested in niece's beating

RIVERDALE - A 12-year-old Riverdale boy was arrested and accused of severely beating his 2-year-old niece because she wouldn't stop crying while in his care, Clayton County police said.

The boy, whose name police did not release because of his age, was charged with aggravated assault and child cruelty after he told police he hit the little girl to make her stop crying. He was being held Thursday night at the Clayton County juvenile facility.