Across Georgia

Town supports soldier facing murder charge

WINDER, GA. --- A Georgia soldier's hometown is standing behind him as he prepares to face a court-martial on a murder charge stemming from the killing of an unarmed Iraqi last year.

Spc. Christopher Shore of Winder faces a third-degree murder charge. His court-martial at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Spc. Shore is accused of obeying a superior's order to shoot the victim June 24 as their platoon raided a house in Iraq suspected of harboring insurgents who had been planting bombs.

Spc. Shore said at a preliminary hearing in the case that he fired his weapon because he was afraid of outwardly disobeying Sgt. 1st Class Trey Corrales of San Antonio, whom he described as abusive and unpredictable.

But Spc. Shore said he intentionally missed the man.

Residents in Winder and the surrounding area are standing behind Spc. Shore, saying his superior was to blame.

"I don't think they should be charging him with murder," said Tad Hunter of Statham, father of an airman in the U.S. Air Force. "They sent him over there to fight a war, but then when something happens, they just roll over on him."

Sgt. Corrales faces an April 22 court-martial on a premeditated murder charge.

Helping in steroids case reduces man's sentence

BRUNSWICK, Ga. โ€” A Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to his role in a steroids distribution case has been spared prison time.

Jeff Beaty, 37, of Nashville, was sentenced by a federal judge Friday to five years' probation.

Mr. Beaty had faced 24 to 30 months in prison based on federal sentencing guidelines, but the government requested lenience because of the defendant's substantial assistance in its investigation, court records show.

Besides probation, Mr. Beaty will have to perform 150 hours of community service and comply with other standard terms of probation, court records show.

He pleaded guilty Nov. 13 to conspiracy to possess and distribute anabolic steroids in Glynn County, along Georgia's coast.

Man in standoff was wanted on other charge

NORCROSS, Ga. โ€” A man charged with killing his girlfriend and holding police at bay for nearly 12 hours had been wanted by authorities for other charges, according to a published report.

Shannon Alan Marlow, 33, of Tucker, had outstanding warrants from the U.S. Marshal s Service for threats charges and from DeKalb County police for a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported Sunday.

Gwinnett County police were able to talk him into surrendering Friday. Police had found a woman's body in the Norcross home where the standoff occurred.

The victim was later identified as Patricia Rabold, 47.