Originally created 10/30/04

Across Georgia



Two charged in fatal carjacking attempt

ATLANTA - Two youths are facing murder charges after a carjacking attempt that left a man dead, police said.

Deontae Penamon, 22, was putting gas into his car Wednesday night when a 15-year-old jumped out of a stolen pickup being driven by another man and began shooting, authorities said.

Mr. Penamon fired back several shots, hitting the teen in the leg and buttocks, before he died, police said. The two suspects sped away but were stopped moments later by police and surrendered.

The 15-year-old, whose name was not released, was hospitalized in stable condition. Shamall McClendon, 19, of Conyers, has been jailed. The two are charged with felony murder and carjacking.

Man testifies he was asked to kill witness

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - Details of an alleged murder-for-hire plot were revealed during a military court hearing in the case of an Air Force sergeant.

Sgt. Matthew W. Gladue, a 51st Combat Communications Squadron member, and his wife, Jessica, are accused of trying to arrange the killing of a witness in Sgt. Gladue's trial for threatening two squadron supervisors.

Christopher Carter, a man who shared a jail cell with Sgt. Gladue, testified Thursday that the sergeant asked him whether he would be willing to kill the witness and make it look like a robbery or suicide.

County CEO is cleared of corruption charges

DECATUR - DeKalb County's CEO, Vernon Jones, was cleared of some corruption accusations Thursday by a county ethics board.

Mr. Jones was accused of using confidential information to buy 54 acres of land below market value, steering county contracts to friends and directing the county to overpay for 60 acres for greenspace.

Authorities catch man wanted in 2001 death

FAIRBURN - A fugitive wanted in the killing and dismemberment of an Atlanta man was caught Friday morning at a gas station in south Fulton County, authorities said.

Chaunson Lavel McKibbins, 33, was caught at about 3 a.m.

Authorities say Mr. McKibbins and several other men abducted, tortured and killed Demetrius Robbins in November 2001 over stolen cocaine.