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Killer's double jeopardy claim rejected by Ga. Supreme Court

Killer's double jeopardy claim rejected by Ga. Supreme Court

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected a convicted murderer's claim that his right against double jeopardy was violated.

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Jason Pierce killed two college students and shot his girlfriend in the face on Aug. 26, 1999. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to aggravated assault and two counts of malice murder, and received two consecutive life sentences without parole.

In 2011, aggravating circumstances forced the state's high court to throw out Pierce's sentences. The case was sent back to a lower court. Pierce withdrew his guilty pleas, then argued that retrying him would be double jeopardy.

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

ATLANTA -- A Kennesaw man has pleaded guilty to being part of a kickback scheme involving Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel admitted in federal court that he conspired with APS chief information officer Jerome Oberlton to benefit from a certain firm receiving a $780,000 computer project from the school district.

"Patel subverted the fairness of the contracting process for his own benefit and ultimately undermined the trust taxpayers place in APS to provide high-quality educational services," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Oberlton pleaded not guilty in federal court in June. His trial date has not yet been set.

SWAT call ends without arrest

SWAT call ends without arrest

ATLANTA -- Police are looking for a man with outstanding warrants in Fulton County.

The suspect, Roderick Gross, was the subject of a Wednesday morning SWAT situation at the Cascade Oaks apartment complex on Old Cascade Road.

Fulton County Police Sgt. Scott McBride said officers arrived at the apartment complex shortly after midnight to arrest Gross. A woman inside the suspect's apartment was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. She said Gross was inside the apartment and refused to come out.

Officers called in a SWAT team, which evacuated the apartment building. The team eventually entered the apartment, but Gross was not inside.

McBride said Gross has been charged with aggravated assault for pistol-whipping a man who apparently owed him money.

Thieves crash car through Atlanta T-Mobile store

Thieves crash car through Atlanta T-Mobile store

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Police are looking for the burglary suspects who crashed a car into a southwest Atlanta cell phone store.

The incident happened shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday at the T-Mobile store on Cascade Road just outside the Perimeter.

Fulton County Police Sgt. Scott McBride said someone drove a car through the store, took merchandise and drove away.

No suspects have been named.

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former chief information officer for Atlanta's school system accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding a technology contract has pleaded not guilty.

Jerome Oberlton entered his plea in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday. A federal grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment last week naming Oberlton and another man, Mahendra Patel, in the bribery scheme. Patel also pleaded not guilty.

The indictment says the two accepted $60,000 in kickbacks from an information technology company that won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the school district.

Oberlton served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January and was working as chief of staff. He resigned last week after informing the superintendent of the investigation.

Man and woman shot during robbery

Man and woman shot during robbery

ATLANTA -- A man and woman were shot early Wednesday while trying to stop thieves from driving away in their SUV.

The shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m. on Dawson Lane SW in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek said the man heard two suspects trying to make off with his Chevrolet Tahoe and went outside with a gun. There was an exchange of gunfire and the homeowner was hit in the upper torso.

When the woman stepped outside the house, the suspects shot her in the lower leg, Peek said.

The couple was not married as originally reported.  Both victims are stable at the hospital.

After the shooting, the two suspects jumped into a getaway car driven by a third suspect and fled, according to Peek.

Police are now working to identify the suspects.

Man carjacked outside Buckhead home

Man carjacked outside Buckhead home

ATLANTA -- A Buckhead man was carjacked outside his home at around 2 a.m. Friday.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek said the victim was in the driveway of his house on Karland Drive NW when two men approached and forced him into his Mercedes.

The suspects drove the victim around Atlanta and made him withdraw money from an ATM. After about 45 minutes of driving, they dropped the victim off on Lee Street SW in southwest Atlanta, where he called 911, Peek said.

Police have found the man's Mercedes, but the suspects are still at large. The victim described his carjackers as two black men.

Peek said the victim was not injured.