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2 teens charged in DeKalb murder, armed robbery


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two teens have been arrested for shooting a man to death inside his DeKalb County apartment earlier this month.

Tilford Baynham, 18, and a 15-year-old boy face charges of murder and armed robbery. Police said the juvenile was arrested Tuesday, while Baynham was taken into custody Wednesday.

The shooting happened July 6 at around 2 a.m. at the Ashgrove Apartments in the 400 block of Hambrick Road.

DeKalb County Police Capt. Steven Fore said the victim, 24-year-old Omar Moore, was in serious condition, but was responsive when officers arrived. Moore was able to tell investigators that he was shot by two men who entered the apartment to rob him.

Moore was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died. His girlfriend and children were inside the apartment during the robbery, according to police.

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Mother of teen beat by local mall guards speaks out


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LITHONIA, Ga. -- DeKalb County police say it's clear there was a fight between security guards and a teenager at Stonecrest Mall last Saturday. What's not so clear is who started it.

And that's why police said no one is being charged.

Witnesses gave conflicting accounts of how the fight started and who was responsible for it. And, apparently, cellphone video taken of at least some of the incident did not provide enough information to help officers in their investigation.

But the mother of the 15-year-old boy seen being punched by the guards in the video said she can't believe police didn't charge the older men.

The complicated past and present of Stone Mountain


STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (WXIA) -- Stone Mountain has again become a source of contention as July 4 weekend arrives.

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Some are calling for a boycott of the park that displays many Confederate flags, particularly with July 4th approaching this Saturday. What makes this particular tourist attraction such a center of controversy? It's all about the history.

What is Stone Mountain today?

"It's a melting pot, just like Atlanta itself is," resident Lemar McRae said.

Neighbor Charles Dougherty agrees.

State Rep. calls for Stone Mountain boycott over Confederate flag


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Stone Mountain Park is home to one of the biggest fireworks shows in the state of Georgia. But just days before Independence Day, a Georgia state representative is calling on Georgians to boycott Stone Mountain Park this weekend, and everyday until the park removes its Confederate flags.

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"At a state-owned and state-run park that operates under Georgia code, we need something that represents all of us," said Rep. LaDawn Jones (D-62).

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Mold and flooding plague veteran's apartment


STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (WXIA) -- Disabled Air Force veteran Darryl Johnson returned from the Middle East nearly three years ago and moved into a Stone Mountain apartment, where he says he's been dealing with mold and other issues ever since.

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Johnson says that no matter what he does, he has not been able to rid his apartment of mold and flooding, and has had to watch while his ceiling has simply collapsed in front of him.

Mall security guards caught on cell phone video punching teen


LITHONIA, GA (WXIA) -- Cellphone video of security officers punching a teenager Saturday at the Mall at Stonecrest has gone viral.

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11Alive's Duffie Dixon spoke with three teenage girls who were part of the group that was approached by mall security around 6 pm Saturday.

One teenager said the security officers told them they would have to leave the mall property because of the curfew. Because it was raining, the teens said they tried to go through one of the stores to meet a parent picking them up and they said that's when the guards became confrontational.

Body found may be missing Stone Mountain man


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Authorities in Stone Mountain are trying to determine if a newly discovered body is that of a missing 83-year-old man.

According to police, Thomas Walker Jr. was last seen the morning of June 20 at his home on Sheppard Road.

Walker, who has dementia and diabetes, was wearing black jeans, a blue and white striped shirt, black socks and no shoes.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, authorities say a body was discovered in a vehicle near the area of Walker's home. The DeKalb Medical Examiner's Office is attempting to identify the body.

While it is too early to determine the cause of death, the statement indicated the initial examination did not show any signs of foul play.

Due to his dementia, Walker is said to have trouble communicating. He is likely in need of medical attention due to diabetes.