Originally created 01/24/04

Across Georgia



Ten Commandments fight gets support

WINDER - The legal defense fund for former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has pledged financial and legal support to Barrow County in its fight to display the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse.

Judge Moore was ousted from his position last year after refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama judicial building.

An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit is challenging Ten Commandments display, claiming the religious document's placement in a public building violates the separation of church and state.

Inquiry will focus on police response

CALHOUN - An internal investigation is being launched into the Gordon County sheriff's deputies' response to the Jan. 7 slayings of four people in Ranger, authorities said Thursday.

More than eight hours passed between the time a family member first called 911 to report her ex-boyfriend had killed someone and the time the bodies were found.

Sheriff's deputies went to the two mobile homes in Ranger twice Jan. 7 after being notified at about 3 p.m. by Melissa Peeler, whose mother and 10-month-old daughter were among the dead.

Jury finds York guilty of child molestation

BRUNSWICK -A jury found cult leader Malachi York guilty on Friday of 10 of the 11 child molestation and racketeering counts against him.

Mr. York, 58, was found innocent of one count of transporting minors across state lines for unlawful sexual activity.

The jurors reached their initial verdict after seven hours of deliberation, then went back into court chambers and decided that the federal government could seize some of Mr. York's property.

Millionaire could face death penalty

ATLANTA - Prosecutors in Georgia say they will seek the death penalty against a Florida millionaire wanted for the murder of his socialite wife.

A Thai court on Friday cleared the last hurdle in the way of the extradition for James Vincent Sullivan, 62. He was captured 18 months ago at a beach resort in Thailand.

Mr. Sullivan is wanted by U.S. authorities on charges of murder, aggravated assault and other crimes for the 1987 death of his wife in Atlanta.

Lita McClinton Sullivan was killed Jan. 16, 1987.