Originally created 02/11/06

Across Georgia



Mom gets life in prison in 3-year-old's fatal fall

MACON - A woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of killing her 3-year-old son.

A jury deliberated for about an hour Thursday before finding Linda Renae Brown, 32, guilty of two counts of felony murder in the death of Garry Brown.

The boy was being treated for head trauma at a hospital when he fell from his hospital bed, suffering a fatal head injury Aug. 12, 2004.

Despite warnings that her son could die if he fell from the crib, Ms. Brown ignored instructions to keep the rails up and repeatedly let the rails down, hospital staff testified.

The defense tried to portray the death as an accident. But prosecutors said Ms. Brown delivered the initial blow that injured his brain, sending him to the hospital where she was negligent in his fall.

Talmadge descendant is charged in assault

JONESBORO - The grandson and great-grandson of two famous Georgia politicians is wanted on charges of pistol-whipping a pizza deliveryman.

Herman Talmadge III - the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge and great-grandson of four-time Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge - has been charged with several crimes, including aggravated assault and kidnapping.

Maury K. Seitel, 20, told police he and a colleague were driving Saturday night to deliver a pizza, Clayton County assistant police Chief Jeff Turner said.

They ended up on a dirt road, saw "no trespassing" signs and turned around, police said. But a vehicle followed them to a grocery store, police said.

Mr. Seitel told police that the driver of the vehicle, armed with a large revolver, opened Mr. Seitel's car door, told him to get out, struck him in the head with the gun and kept beating him.

Chief Turner said Mr. Talmadge, 39, was identified through a photo lineup. He is also charged with aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and discharging a firearm near a public highway.

Man kept girlfriend's body in house 4 days

ATHENS - Athens-Clarke County police charged a 43-year-old man with murder early Thursday after officers found him with his girlfriend's body in their north Athens house, four days after she had been stabbed to death with a pocketknife.

The slaying of 31-year-old Wanda Elaine Faust ended a turbulent relationship with Napolean Bernard Ford, who said he stabbed her in self-defense during an argument, according to police.

Officers found Ms. Faust's body at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police said, after an unidentified member of Mr. Ford's family reported a possible murder at the Savannah Avenue residence.

When officers arrived at the house, Mr. Ford greeted them at the door, allowed them inside and told them, "Yesterday, me and this girl got into it," according to police.

An officer found Ms. Faust on a mattress under bedsheets, dead from multiple stab wounds.

Police said she likely was killed Sunday.

- Edited from wire reports