Originally created 09/30/05

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Gun shop asks court to block its closure

ATHENS - An Athens firearms dealer has asked a federal court to prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from revoking the dealer's license to sell guns.

Franklin Gun Shop, one of the largest firearms dealers in the South, filed the legal papers in U.S. District Court after the office of the U.S. Attorney General issued final notice that the agency would revoke the gun shop's license.

The government ordered the license revocation last week, saying the gun shop failed to keep proper records of the fate of 563 firearms, including 356 that were taken in a burglary 12 years ago.

Evaluation ordered in airman's murder trial

WARNER ROBINS - A new psychological evaluation has been ordered for a Robins Air Force Base airman accused of murdering a fellow airman and his wife, but the results of that examination might not be revealed in court.

Senior Airman Andrew Witt, a 23-year-old avionics specialist, is charged with premeditated murder in the stabbing deaths of Andrew and Jamie Schliepsiek in their home on base during the early morning hours of July 5, 2004.

Airman Witt also is charged with attempted murder in the repeated stabbing of Staff Sgt. Jason King during the same incident.

This week, a military judge in Airman Witt's trial granted the new psychological evaluation after an agreement was reached between government and defense attorneys.

Airman Witt's trial is being conducted in Bibb County Superior Court in Macon.

District attorney says shooting was justified

MACON - Fred Taylor shot and killed a man last week, officials said, but the Bibb County district attorney said the shooting was justified.

The incident began in the early morning hours of Sept. 18, when Mr. Taylor heard someone outside his Walnut Street home.

Mr. Taylor then fatally shot Edward Anderson, 42, police said.

Police said they don't know Mr. Anderson's motive for the apparent break-in.

Security guard found dead at build site

SAVANNAH - A security guard working an area where houses were under construction was shot to death early Thursday, police said.

The guard, identified as Jerome Edwards, 54, was shot at about 3:20 a.m., Savannah-Chatham County Police said.

His body was found lying between two houses.

Police say the employee of Four State Security had been shot at least once.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savannah will conduct an autopsy, police said.