Originally created 12/02/05

Across Georgia



Police hunting couple in slaying, car theft

HORTENSE - A search was under way Thursday for a man and woman wanted in the slaying of a southeast Georgia man whose body was found by Brantley County deputies.

The sheriff's office responded to a call about gunshot victim at about 12:35 a.m. and found Richard Warrell, 45, of Hortense, dead of multiple gunshot wounds, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Patrick Lee Connelly, 21, and Krystal Anne Hall, 19, both of Hortense, were believed to be traveling in Mr. Warrell's 2002 black GMC Yukon. The GBI said each was charged in warrants with one count of murder and one count of burglary. They are considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Marine reservists held in 18-year-old's death

ALBANY - Two Marine Reservists were arrested in the shooting death of an 18-year-old gunned down as he left his job at a Pizza Hut in Albany.

Deyale Johnson, 20, and Nevarro Brinson, 22, were charged in the killing of Damarcus Wadell.

The motive might be jealousy, as Mr. Johnson and Mr. Wadell were dating the same woman, Albany Police Lt. James Williams said.

Mr. Johnson and Mr. Brinson were arrested Tuesday and charged with murder.

Trial begins for man in rape, death of girl, 15

CANTON - The trial began Wednesday in the murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl from Cherokee County whose nude, partially burned body was found near Lake Allatoona in July 2002.

Jamerson Mangrum, 20, is accused of raping and killing Katie Hamlin.

In opening statements, Mr. Mangrum's attorney, Jim Berry, said Mr. Mangrum dropped Katie off at a friend's house around 3 a.m., hours before her body was found in a dry creek bed about 7 a.m July 2.

A GBI pathologist ruled in 2004 that the girl had died of asphyxiation. In a probable cause hearing also in 2004, Cherokee County sheriff's Deputy Joe McDonald had testified that samples of DNA taken from Katie's body matched those from Mr. Mangrum's blood.

Cherokee County Assistant District Attorney Wally Rogers said at the trial that Katie's head was burned "beyond recognition," and her pelvic region also was burned.

Girl, 6, designs card to be sent to soldiers

TIFTON - A 6-year-old from Tifton, whose father has been deployed with the National Guard since May, has designed a holiday greeting card for troops serving in the Middle East.

Hannah Rainwater is one of three children nationwide whose art was selected for greeting cards in a contest sponsored by Xerox.

The "Let's Say Thanks" project will send thousands of holiday cards to members of the Georgia Army National Guard 48th Brigade Combat Team serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The cards are available free online at www.xerox.com/news.

The Tifton girl's card depicts two snowmen. One holds an American flag and on him, the girl has written, "To the soldiers, please be safe."

- Edited from wire reports