Originally created 05/16/04

Across Georgia



Man sentenced for two murder schemes

DECATUR - The first time Lorenzo Critten created a fictional brother, killed a homeless man and cut off his hands to eliminate fingerprints, he collected $100,000 in insurance and got away with the crime.

But Mr. Critten pushed his luck.

His scheme fell apart when another "brother" turned up dead, with no hands, in a neighboring county. Mr. Critten, 47, of Lithonia, avoided a death penalty by pleading guilty to both murders and was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years.

The body of John Fitzgerald Horne, 36, was found Oct. 7, 2002, near Conyers. Mr. Horne had been shot in the chest and his hands had been severed.

Father arrested after driving with baby

SHADY DALE - A 6-month-old reported missing in Jasper County was returned to his mother Saturday and his father was arrested and charged with cruelty to children.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Department issued a statewide Levi's Call alert Saturday for Sabreon McGuire. Sheriff Charles Roper said the child was taken with permission from his mother by the child's father, Kendrick Eubanks. Mr. Eubanks, 33, didn't return the child by the time he was supposed to report back to the diversion center from which he was on leave.

A Jasper sheriff's deputy saw Mr. Eubanks driving Saturday. He was arrested and the baby was found in the car.

Man gets 120 years for molesting girls

BUTLER - A Taylor County man has been sentenced to 120 years in prison for molesting four girls who were 5 to 12 years old at the time of the crimes.

A jury found 66-year-old Asa Maddox, of Butler, guilty of five counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

City council fires judge after complaints

DAWSON - A municipal court judge accused of giving excessively harsh penalties and displaying abusive behavior on the bench has been fired.

The Dawson City Council voted to remove Judge Henry E. Williams after hearing complaints by the Terrell County branch of the NAACP and the Prison and Jail Project.

Both groups said Judge Williams unfairly cited some defendants for contempt and fined them more than the $200 maximum allowed.