Originally created 07/17/04

Across Georgia



Parole board denies stay of execution

ATLANTA - Georgia's parole board on Friday denied a stay of execution request by convicted murderer Eddie Albert Crawford.

Mr. Crawford, scheduled to be executed Monday, was convicted of murdering his 2-year-old niece, Leslie Michelle English, after kidnapping and raping her in 1983.

The Griffin man was linked to the crime by hair and carpet fibers found on the girl's body. He has said he was drunk on the night of the killing and blacked out.

Mr. Crawford was originally scheduled to die by lethal injection in December before the Georgia Supreme Court put it on hold pending DNA testing of several items taken from the crime scene.

Religious sect will lose headquarters

MACON - The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors will lose its 476-acre headquarters in Putnam County, a judge ruled Thursday.

The property was seized by federal officials after the religious sect's leader, Malachi York, was sentenced to 135 years in prison in January for 11 counts of child molestation and racketeering. Prosecutors said he recruited older girls to groom younger girls for sex with him and used the cult for his financial gain.

U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal ruled Thursday that federal officials were allowed to seize $1.7 million in property tied to the sect, including the group's headquarters and a $750,000 home in Athens.

Cocaine confiscated in federal drug bust

ATLANTA - Authorities said they confiscated more than 100 pounds of cocaine in a federal drug bust in which a man was shot by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

The DEA agent opened fire after the suspect tried to run him over in a sport utility vehicle, witnesses said.

A spokeswoman at Grady Memorial Hospital said the man was treated for a bullet wound and released into federal custody.

Officials said the man was from McAllen, Texas.

Some Fulton County inmates transferred

ATLANTA - Eighty-two convicted criminals have been transferred from the Fulton County Jail to state prison, and 92 more should be removed within a week, according to an assistant state attorney general.