Originally created 11/22/05

Across Georgia



Life University brings display back to life

MARIETTA - After two years of darkness, the Christmas light show at Life University is back.

The 2 million-bulb display, which had become a local holiday tradition drawing 750,000 people each year, is returning to the campus of the once-troubled chiropractic college.

The display started in the late 1980s, when Life employees put out plastic snowmen and Christmas scenes cut from plywood. It grew into a year-round effort, with several full-time employees and a reported budget of $350,000.

Trial in wife's slaying gets high court's OK

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday allowed prosecutors to move forward with charges against an Atlanta man accused in the 1987 contract killing of his socialite wife.

Defense attorneys for James Sullivan had argued that the state charges, filed in 1998, violated their client's right not to be tried twice for the same crime.

But the Court, in a 4-3 vote, said the federal prosecution was for use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder for hire.

That crime was not within the current jurisdiction of the state, which is charging Mr. Sullivan with the actual killing, the court ruled.

Youth pastor tells police he killed wife

SAVANNAH - Police say a Savannah youth pastor's confession led officers to his wife's body, which they say he buried on the outskirts of town after killing her.

A man called police Sunday to say Eric Brian Golden, 35, had confessed to killing his wife, DeeDee Marie Golden, and was on his way to jail, police said. Mr. Golden, the youth pastor at Southside Assembly of God, told detectives he killed his 35-year-old wife Thursday during a fight at their home.

2 get life sentences in sheriff-elect's murder

ATLANTA - Two men convicted for their part in the murder-for-hire killing of former DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown were both sentenced to life in federal prison Monday.

A jury convicted Melvin Walker and David Ramsey in August of conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

Mr. Brown was shot 16 times in front of his home Dec. 15, 2000, just days before he was to have succeeded DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey.