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DeKalb DA seeks death penalty in bus stop murder

DeKalb DA seeks death penalty in bus stop murder

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James announced Thursday that he plans to seek the death penalty for the man accused of shooting a woman to death at a bus stop.

Christopher Merritt, 18, was indicted last month for killing Marcaysia Dawkins. The 19-year-old victim was murdered Nov. 23, 2014 at the MARTA bus stop on Fairington Road in Lithonia. Investigators said Merritt approached Dawkins and tried to steal her purse. She fought back, prompting Merritt to shoot her twice.

Singer Angie Stone charged with assault

Singer Angie Stone charged with assault

LITHONIA, Ga. -- Grammy-nominated singer Angie Stone was arrested on an assault charge after she allegedly knocked her 30-year-old daughter's front teeth out with a metal stand.

According to the DeKalb County Police Department report, authorities were called to Angie Stone's home on Rogers Lake Road around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Diamond Stone told police that her 53-year-old mother had come into her room and demanded that she clean up and "get her children since they were running around the house half naked." Diamond Stone said her mother then got into her face and told her to leave. An argument ensued and things got physical.

Health care worker charged with fraud, ID theft

Health care worker charged with fraud, ID theft

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A nurse practitioner has been indicted on accusations of stealing her patients' identities and billing insurance providers for services not provided.

Daphne Maria Patterson, 44, was arraigned before a U.S. Magistrate judge after being investigated by the FBI and the Georgia Department of Insurance.

Patterson owned Healthier U 4 Ever Complete Wellness Center in Stone Mountain. According to the indictment, she once worked for another health care clinic in Lawrenceville, where she stole patients' personal information to file false claims with United Insurance Company for allergy tests and other procedures.

Prosecutors said Patterson also stole personal information from her patients' family members to further bill United for nonexistent services. She reportedly continued the scheme after opening her own clinic, and took more than $1 million from insurance companies.

Teen indicted for killing woman at MARTA bus stop

Teen indicted for killing woman at MARTA bus stop

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- An 18-year-old man was indicted for shooting a woman to death at a MARTA bus stop in DeKalb County.

Christopher Merritt has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault in the death of 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins.

The shooting happened Nov. 23, 2014, while Dawkins waited for the bus at the Fairington Road stop in Lithonia. Merritt approached and tried to steal her purse; when she fought back, he shot her twice and then ran off with her belongings.

Sale of dog over internet ends in fatal shooting

Sale of dog over internet ends in fatal shooting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two men attempting to sell a dog over the internet were involved in a fatal shooting in DeKalb County overnight.

The shooting happened early Friday, when a breeder from Winder and his friend drove to 5044 Fairforest Drive with an English bulldog to sell to the man who answered their online ad.

Originally, police reported the ad was a Craigslist deal, then later said the sellers actually used the website Hoobly.com, another classifieds service.

According to DeKalb County Police Capt. Steve Fore, the 40-year-old buyer produced a gun, intending to rob the sellers. The breeder's friend pulled out a gun of his own and shot the buyer, killing him. The sellers called 911 after the shooting.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Burned body found in Gwinnett County park

Burned body found in Gwinnett County park

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a park Wednesday morning.

A couple walking a dog discovered the remains on a pathway next to the pavilion at DeShong Park in unincorporated Stone Mountain.

Thursday morning, Gwinnett County Police identified the body as that of 26-year-old Lauren Taylor of Dalton.

Taylor's remains will undergo an autopsy to determine her cause of death. Few other details were immediately available, but investigators are following multiple leads in this case.