Originally created 03/15/05

Across Georgia



High court says no to appeals over slayings

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday denied attempts to appeal two pretrial rulings for Barton Corbin, a Gwinnett County dentist charged in the shooting deaths of his wife and a former girlfriend in Augusta.

Dr. Corbin's attorneys were challenging a decision that allowed Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner to recuse herself from the trial. The attorneys also wanted to appeal a ruling that did not give them a change of venue before a Gwinnett County grand jury met and indicted Dr. Corbin in his wife's death.

While change of venue requests are common in high-profile trials, they are relatively rare for grand jury proceedings. Dr. Corbin's attorneys argued heavy media coverage surrounding the arrest could have tainted the grand jury pool.

Jennifer Corbin was found shot in the couple's Buford home in December. The death led authorities to re-examine the 1990 death of Dr. Corbin's girlfriend Dorothy "Dolly" Hearn in Augusta. Dr. Corbin has been indicted on murder charges in her death.

Athens airport to get makeover by 2010

ATHENS - A number of projects - including a new terminal, parking lot, entrance and fire station, and a longer runway - are planned over the next few years at Athens-Ben Epps Airport.

The layout of the airport, which was founded by Ben Epps in 1917, will be reconfigured between now and 2010 to accommodate more planes, Airport Manager Tim Beggerly said. Construction on the parking lot and fire station have already started, and new hangars are on the way.

An average of 210 flights a day - corporate jets, private planes, U.S. Airways shuttles to Charlotte, N.C., and chartered planes - take off or land at Athens-Ben Epps.

Pageant winner has 2nd day of testimony

SAVANNAH - Beauty queen Sharron Nicole Redmond wept Monday as she told jurors her boyfriend cocked his hands into the shape of guns and threatened to kill her before she fatally shot him from her car.

"I fired one shot. I fired away from him," she testified in her second day on the stand. "I fired the gun one time, and I turned to drive off. ... I didn't think anyone had been shot."

Ms. Redmond, 23, is charged with the murder of Kevin Shorter in a confrontation outside the home of another woman he was dating. Ms. Redmond had been crowned Miss Savannah 2003 four months earlier.

Ms. Redmond said she and Rachel Hall had talked calmly until Mr. Shorter, 25, arrived at the house, angry and shouting expletives at her.