Originally created 12/17/05

Across the region



Police identify victims in fatal shooting of 3

MARIETTA, GA. - Cobb County police have identified the three people found shot to death inside a home Thursday.

Demetrio Beltre, 44, his 41-year-old sister Marcia and roommate Tomas Sanchez, 41, were killed in the shooting, police said Friday.

Their bodies were found Thursday evening in different parts of the house, Cobb County Police Cpl. Dana Pierce said.

Georgia National Guard leader gets promotion

ATLANTA - The commander of the 9,000-member Georgia Army National Guard was promoted to major general Friday.

Maj. Gen. William T. Nesbitt is a 32-year veteran of the state's National Guard. He was drafted into the Army in February 1966 and commissioned an infantry second lieutenant in January 1967 after completing Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning. Maj. Gen. Nesbitt joined the Georgia Army National Guard in June 1973.

'Pantyhose rapist' is guilty of sex assaults

ATLANTA - A Duluth man known by authorities as the "pantyhose rapist" was found guilty Friday for sexually assaulting two women near the midtown Atlanta area, prosecutors said Friday.

Ali Reza Nejad, 33, was found guilty of rape, aggravated sodomy, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, prosecutors said.

His sentencing will be held Dec. 29, and prosecutors are seeking a sentence of two consecutive life sentences in prison.

The attacks happened May 11, 2004, and June 5, 2004.

Cook accused of daring man to drink poison

STOCKBRIDGE, GA. - A Waffle House cook is facing charges after being accused of daring a homeless man to drink industrial-strength dish washing liquid.

The drink sent Rex Leo to the hospital.

"We're not sure whether he will live or die now," his sister, Linda Leo, said Thursday.

The incident began early Wednesday when Mr. Leo went to a Waffle House.

Quinton Wilson, a cook, was drinking a bottle of apple juice and bickering with Mr. Leo.

After finishing the juice, Mr. Wilson allegedly filled it with liquid cleaner and dared Mr. Leo to drink it.

When Mr. Leo wouldn't, witnesses told Ms. Leo, Mr. Wilson offered him $5.

Already intoxicated, Mr. Leo took the dare, his sister said.

"He slammed it about two-thirds down and collapsed, hit the floor," Ms. Leo said.

Mr. Wilson, 19, was immediately fired, a Waffle House spokesman said.

Police officer accused of sexual assault

COLUMBIA - A 28-year-old Columbia police officer was arrested Friday after being charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to law enforcement.

Robby D. James, of Columbia, was charged with rape in the sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman Thursday, according to a State Law Enforcement Division arrest warrant.

The victim identified Mr. James in a photo lineup, and medical evidence "was consistent with nonconsensual sexual intercourse," the warrant said.

Columbia Police Chief Dean Crisp said Mr. James, a patrol officer since May 2004, was not on duty at the time of the incident. Mr. James was fired Friday.

Chief Crisp said police were notified Thursday afternoon that the victim of an alleged sexual assault was at an area hospital. After investigating, authorities learned the situation might involve an officer and contacted SLED.

Chief Crisp said the charge should not make the public fearful of law enforcement.

"The public should know that when we learn of information of this nature, that we're going to move expeditiously to find the facts and take the appropriate action," he said.

- Edited from wire reports