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Man arrested 21 years after Georgia woman's killing

A man has been arrested 21 years after a Georgia woman was found dead in her bedroom. He has been charged with a number of crimes, including murder. Police said a relative's DNA led them to the suspect.

On May 25, 1997, the woman's father tried to wake her for church. Instead, as he entered her bedroom, he found her dead, shot in the back several times, according to police in Fulton County.

Start preparing now for a divorce in 2019

The first few months of the new year always see a bump in divorce. No parents in Georgia want to tell their children during the holidays that their family will be breaking up. And no adult children really want to tell their parents, either, for the same reason.

So if you know you are headed to divorce, it's important to take control of your finances – especially as we head toward the holiday spending extravaganza.

Georgia judge overturns jury verdict, calls for new murder trial

A judge in Barrow County, Georgia, called on a little-used state statute to nullify a jury's conviction of a 78-year-old man on murder charges, allowing for a new trial.

The man was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault and the felony murder of his nephew in October 2015. He was facing life in prison.

Answer these questions before you decide to divorce

There may come a time when you strongly believe that asking your spouse for a divorce is the best way to improve your life and better enjoy the future. While it's common to go down this path, it's a big decision that requires quite a bit of preparation.

Here are five questions to answer before you decide in favor of divorce:

  • Have you considered other options? In other words, you should think long and hard about the best way to stabilize your marriage. For example, some people find that counseling works for them. However, there may come a point when you realize there is nothing you can do to make things better. Regardless, look into all your options.
  • Are you thinking with a clear mind: There may be something clouding your judgment, such as a recent job loss or some source of anger in your life. Clear your mind before you decide to seek a divorce.
  • Do you know what the divorce process entails? It's easy to assume that divorce is the answer, but that doesn't mean that pushing through the process is easy. You must prepare yourself accordingly, as it will impact your personal life and finances in many ways.
  • How will you handle this in regard to your children? If you have a child or children with your soon to be ex-spouse, you need a plan for keeping them safe and secure during this difficult time.
  • Do you know how your life will change after divorce? With a better idea of what to expect, it's easier to plan accordingly, such as finding a new place to live and getting on board with the idea of co-parenting.

Georgia co-parents: Work together to keep holidays stress-free

The pages of the 2018 calendar are turning quickly, and the holidays are just around the corner.

Some Georgia parents have child custody agreements that are set in stone. Other times, the orders are more ambiguous, or -- if the parents are on friendly terms -- flexible.

Defacing a statue in Georgia? It's a crime

Police in Savannah, Georgia, are searching for the culprit or culprits who decided to alter the statue of a Revolutionary War general with what they're calling "googly eyes."

Recently, someone covered the sculptured eyes on the historic statue of Nathanael Greene that stands in the city's Johnson Square area with the round, white, plastic dots covered with black eyeballs. They are similar to the plastic eyes that often are found in the small toy vending machines at the front of supermarkets.

Divorce rates have fallen: Why?

Millennials get a lot of blame for things in society. Let's give them credit for something, though. The divorce rate in Georgia and the United States has fallen over the past few years, and researchers have pinpointed millennials as one of the main reasons why.

A University of Maryland researcher said the country's divorce rate fell by 18 percent between 2008 and 2016. And this has a lot to do with millennials, the researcher said, largely because they are better prepared for marriage in a number of ways.

Georgia Supreme Court overturns murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court has thrown out a man's murder conviction in Fulton County, faulting law enforcers for violating his right to remain silent.

The court ruled that officers in the Milton Police Department immediately should have stopped their questioning of the man in a 2013 case when he repeatedly declined to waive his Miranda rights. The justice who wrote the opinion for the unanimous Supreme Court said the state never should have tried to prosecute this "baseless" case.

Georgia mother's relocation after divorce has unexpected impact

A teenager in North Georgia has been affected by his parents' divorce, his mother's relocation and his subsequent custody switch to his father in a way the family probably never imagined.

A Georgia state agency has ruled he can't play the sports he loves and excels in, and as a result, he might not have a shot at the college scholarship he's worked so hard to earn.

Georgia man freed after judge reconsiders sentence

Three months ago, a Georgia jury found a defendant not guilty of drug charges, returning the verdict in less than 30 minutes. Still, on June 22, the judge in Bartow County Superior Court ordered the man to serve three years in jail, with about 14 months' credit for time served, declaring that the man had violated probation.

Recently, however, the judge changed his mind and set the man free in response to a motion for reconsideration that the man's defense team had filed on his behalf. "In this particular case, I take into account the fact the jury made a fairly prompt verdict," the judge said. "I am modifying the order to give credit for time served and authorize his release today."

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