Georgia News Roundup
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Civil, human rights center set to open in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A new museum highlighting historic and modern struggles for equality is scheduled to open to the public.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is set to open Monday in downtown Atlanta.The museum will showcase the civil rights movement and modern human rights struggles separately, but also aims to show how they're related.

The museum will feature both permanent and rotating exhibits.

The opening is slated to feature several speakers, including Democratic Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.

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Woman found stabbed to death in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating the stabbing death of a woman found in front of a house in southwest Atlanta.

Police said the body was found early Sunday morning at the residence on Mims Street. Police said the woman had been stabbed several times in the torso. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified her as 51-year-old Phyllis Frazier.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a newspaper carrier discovered Frazier's body around 3:15 a.m. Sunday, after the worker noticed a high heel shoe in the street when returning to her car after delivering a paper.

Police said in a statement that the investigation "is active and ongoing."

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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East Georgia fire claims life of woman, 76

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Richmond County fire officials are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a 76-year-old woman.

The Richmond County Coroner's Office said the blaze was reported about 7 a.m. Sunday on Windsor Spring Road, where sheriff's deputies and firefighters found a body in a bedroom.

Authorities said Delores Ann Strickland of Hephzibah was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that an autopsy will be conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta this week.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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Relatives of 2 missing siblings seek Amber Alert

DETROIT (AP) — Relatives of two missing Detroit siblings whose mother was found slain want authorities to issue an Amber Alert amid a search for the children.

The Detroit Free Press reports Michigan State Police say the case doesn't meet criteria for that kind of alert and they're typically issued within hours of a child going missing.

Six-year-old Kaylah Hunter and 8-month-old Kristian Justice were seen May 27 with their mother, Alicia Fox. Fox's decomposed body was found June 9 in a vacant Detroit house. Her husband Erin Justice was arrested in Atlanta and charged with murder.

A Detroit police Amber Alert request initiated after Fox's body was found was denied. By that time, the children hadn't been seen in about two weeks. Authorities could reconsider if new information turns up.

Information from: Detroit Free Press, 

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Florida siblings to be resentenced in Georgia bank robbery

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered a judge to resentence two of three Florida siblings for their roles in the robbery of a south Georgia bank during a cross-country crime spree.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday cleared the sentences of Lee Grace Dougherty and Dylan Dougherty Stanley based on a procedural error by the lower court. But the panel upheld the sentence of Ryan Dougherty because his appeal did not challenge his sentence on procedural grounds.

The three pleaded guilty after reaching agreements with prosecutors. A federal judge in December 2012 sentenced all three siblings to serve 35 years and 8 months, well above sentencing guidelines.

The three have pleaded guilty to charges in Colorado and still face charges in Florida.

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3 ex-Georgia jailers convicted in inmate beating

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say three former corrections officers have been convicted of beating an inmate and lying to investigators about the attack.

Authorities said in a statement that former Macon State Prison corrections officer Ronald Lach was convicted late last week of violating the inmate's civil rights in the 2010 beating, conspiring to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say two other officers, Christopher Hall and Delton Rushin, have also been convicted of conspiring to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.

Investigators have said corrections officers beat an inmate as retaliation for prior misconduct.

Authorities say eight former officers at the middle Georgia prison have now pleaded guilty to their roles in the beating and cover-up. Three other officers have been acquitted.

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