Originally created 08/08/06

Across Georgia



Suspect in homicide says he served God

JONESBORO - One of the suspects arrested in the killing of a Morehouse College student told police he was serving the will of God, according to police documents.

Keith Jerome Roberts and two others have been arrested and charged with torturing Carlnell James Walker and leaving him locked in the trunk of his car, where he was found dead two weeks later.

The two other Morehouse students charged in the death told police Mr. Roberts, 22, coached them in the attack, Clayton County police detective Stefan Schindler said.

Mr. Walker was trying to start a record label and had told people he was receiving a large sum of money from an insurance settlement, friends said.

Jury calls for probe in recruit's shooting

MARIETTA - A grand jury has called for an investigation of the academy where a police recruit died after being accidentally shot by a training instructor.

Cobb County's May-June grand jury described a "nonstandardized" form of training guidelines established by instructors at the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy.

The grand jury found there does not appear to be any specific training for the instructors to use established lesson plans, teaching methods or other specific guidelines.

Tara Drummond was training to become an officer for the Kennesaw Police Department when she was accidentally shot in September during a firearms exercise.

Her instructor, Cobb County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Albert Jackson fired a gun at her he thought was loaded with "dummy" rounds.

Flu drugs reserved if state allocates funds

ATLANTA - Georgia is reserving the right to buy anti-flu medication for almost 1 million people to protect against a pandemic, but only if the state finds money to pay the $13.5 million price tag.

The final decision on whether to purchase the extra doses of Tamiflu will be made in the spring as part of state budget negotiations.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has not decided yet whether to seek the funding as part of his budget request for the next fiscal year, spokeswoman Heather Hedrick said Monday.

As part of its pandemic preparations, the federal government is stockpiling Tamiflu and other anti-flu drugs designed to ease symptoms associated with influenza.

The Bush administration has set aside enough medication to treat 44 million. Those doses are divvied up by state based on population.

Under the formula, Georgia - with a population of about 8.7 million - has been allotted treatment for 1.3 million people.

- Edited from wire reports