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Clark Atlanta University Student Alexis Crawford Found Dead, Arrests Made

(Atlanta, GA) – 21-year old Alexis Crawford has been found dead. It appears she was murdered by her roommate Jordyn Jones and Jones’ boyfriend Barron Brantley. Alexis’ mother reported her missing on Nov. 1st after she hadn’t heard from her in a few days. They have some form of communication daily.

11 ALIVE reports days before Crawford’s disappearance, she went to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta to file a police report that alleged that Brantley sexually assaulted her days before she was reported missing.

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The complaint listed Jones as a witness and Brantley as the suspect. That report was filed on Oct. 27. Alexis was last seen on Oct. 30 on surveillance video from a liquor store.  Her roommate says she took Alexis to the store.  They came back. She went to bed and Alexis was gone the next morning.

Jordyn-Jones-and-Barron-BrantleyBarron Brantley has been charged with murder. Jordyn Jones turned herself in and is now facing a malice murder charge.

Brantley also has past charges for hindering a person from making an emergency telephone call and probation violations for previous charges of theft by taking, battery – family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree.

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Alexis’ body was found in Dekalb County off of Columbia Drive. One of the suspects led authorities to the body. Reportedly, the cause of death is asphyxiation.
Alexis’ funeral has been set for Nov. 16th at Hill Chapel Baptist Church in Athens. The family is asking that all memorials be sent to Gregory B. Levett and Sons funeral Home.

Jimmy Carter Sunday School

(Plains, GA-AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is going to teach Sunday School at his church in Georgia despite suffering a second fall this month. Maranatha Baptist Church initially said Carter would not be able to, but announced today that Carter said he “feels well enough to teach.”

Carter was hospitalized last week after falling and fracturing his pelvis. He fell in his home earlier this month and hit his head, which required stitches and left the former president with a black eye.

The following day, Carter and his wife Rosalynn volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity build in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tenth Death From Vaping Reported

(Atlanta, GA-AP) – Georgia health officials say a person in the state has died from a vaping-related illness. It’s the tenth death from e-cigarette use in the country. The Georgia Department of Health said the person who died had a history of heavy nicotine vaping use, but didn’t smoke THC vape products.

There are several other cases of people who’ve fallen ill from e-cigarettes in the state. The CDC has also identified hundreds of other people across the country.

Mother Suspected In Double Murder-Suicide

(Atlanta, GA) – The details surrounding three bodies found on the westside of Atlanta are getting even more chilling after authorities say they believe they know who the suspect is.

Officials say it appears to be a double murder suicide and the mother is the suspect.

Cobb County police found the bodies of 58-year-old Marsha Edwards along with children  Christopher Edwards, Jr., 24, and Erin Edwards, 20, inside the home located off of Nobility Way.

Dr. Marsha Edwards, ex-wife of prominent Atlanta orthopedic surgeon  and chair of the Atlanta Housing Authority board Dr. Christopher Edwards, is suspected of killing her adult children before turning the gun on herself in a Vinings townhome on Wednesday.

 

 

Scooter Rider Killed In Accident With Bus

(Atlanta, GA) – Atlanta Police are investigating a deadly accident involving a bus and a scooter. A CobbLinc bus reportedly hit the scooter on West Peachtree Street at 15th Street around 10:30 last night.

The man riding the scooter was trapped underneath the bus and died before firefighters could pull him out. Officers are trying to figure out who was at fault.

While there were passengers on the bus, police say they don’t have any witnesses.

Family members told FOX 5 that the victim was married with two small children and he was on his way home from the Atlanta United game when the accident happened.

 

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Mother, Three Children Found Stabbed To Death

(Columbus, GA) — A Georgia mother and three children are dead in a quadruple homicide.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that they were found stabbed to death inside a unit at the Elizabeth Canty apartment complex on Cussetta Road in Columbus.

The children were reportedly all three-years-old and under. Columbus Police say they were tipped off and found the victims last night.

The victims have been identified as Jerrica Spellman (29),  King Jackson (3), Kingsley Jackson (2) and Kristen Jackson (1) month old.

27-year old Travane Brandon Jackson has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder (family violence).

The bodies have been transported to Atlanta, GA for an autopsy.

Tiffany Moss Will Be The Only Woman On Death Row In Georgia After Being Convicted For Killing Stepdaughter Emani Moss

(Atlanta, GA) – Georgia has only executed two women in its history and 36-year old Tiffany Moss will likely be the third.

A Gwinnett County jury of  six men and six women took about 2 1\2 hours to decide Moss’ sentence, death by lethal injection, for killing her 10-year old stepdaughter Emani in 2013.

Emani’s dad, Eman, who is already serving life in prison  for the crime, testified that the abuse against his daughter began shortly after he married Tiffany in 2009. As early as 2010, Tiffany was already in court pleading guilty to beating Emani.

Emani’s Grandmother Robin Ross told Eman to let the little girl come live with her but he said no.  Blaming it on pride, he refused to let Emani move and it would ultimately cost the 10-year old her life.

Leading up to her death, Emani was confined to her room and starved to death. Tiffany took great care of her two biological children, but deprived Emani of the basic necessities to live.  When she died she weight just 32 lbs.

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The events came to a head on Oct. 24, 2013.  Eman came home from work to find Emani seizing in the bathtub. Eman didn’t call 911 or take Emani to the hospital. Tiffany said no. Eman put her in her bed and she never moved again, dying on October 28th or 29th.

“She was shaking,” he testified. “She was trying to say something, but she wasn’t saying much. (Her eyes) were going from left to right.”

What happened next is beyond disturbing.  Tiffany suggested they bury the little girl but Eman decided they would burn her body.  He purchased a trash can and together along with their two other children, Tristan – 3 and Emma -1, drove out to the woods and proceeded to burn Emani’s body.

Rigor mortis had set in so Eman had to crack his 10-year old daughter’s bones to make her fit in the trash can.  He threw in some charcoal briquettes, doused her with lighter fluid and set her on fire.

After realizing that her body wouldn’t completely burn to ash, he put the fire out, loaded the trash can with her body in it back onto the truck and went back home.

The next day, Eman went to work with Emani’s burnt body still in the back of his truck in a trash can.  He worked two jobs and at the end of the day he pulled the plug on the evil events that they both had now been a part of .  Tiffany said no when he wanted to call authorities, but he called anyone.

She fled with their two children and dropped them off at her mother’s house.  She ultimately turned herself in.

Near Atlanta: Boyfriend Kills Himself, Pregnant Girlfriend And Her Teen Son After Barricading Himself Inside Home For 17 Hours

(Stockbridge, GA) — A standoff that started Thursday morning around 11am ended with four people dead in Stockbridge.  Authorities were responding to a domestic violence call in Henry County at the Eagles Landing Subdivision in Stockbridge.

When police arrived at the house, the suspect, 47-year old convicted felon Anthony Bailey opened fire shooting officer Keegan Merritt in the hand and another officer Taylor Webb in the chest and the hip.  The officers were air lifted to Grady Memorial hospital and were in the Trauma unit at last check.

The two officers were shot after one saw blood on the driveway, running from underneath the garage door and a woman’s bloody lifeless body through the glass. They forced their way into the home.  Upon entry, they were fired upon. Bailey then yelled, “Don’t come in here. Don’t come in here. Do not come in here. I got a lot of shots. I got a hostage. I got a hostage.”

Dozens of law enforcement officers from the Henry County Police Department had the home surrounded with heavy artillery.

They were willing to wait and negotiate for as long as they could after family members informed them their 16-year old nephew, Arkeyvion White, was still in the home.

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The nephews’ aunt is the one who called 911 after she was attempting to enter the home and found her pregnant sister, 39-year old Sandra White, dead in the garage. The shooter, who was the victim’s boyfriend, told authorities he would release the boy but as hours pressed on it seemed unlikely that he would do so.

According to some accounts, last night police decided to make a move and fired gas into the home where the boyfriend responded by firing shots once again at officers.  He had threatened earlier to shoot at anyone who approached the house.  But at this point, officers were willing to take that chance and started their attempts to enter the residence.

At 3 this morning, they finally entered the home and found dead Bailey and Arkeyvion in an upstairs bedroom. Sandra’s body was still in the garage.

Family members say that all was well the day before the incident and that they, including the boyfriend, were planning a big baby shower for this weekend. Reportedly, the pregnant victim was due to give birth to a son named Antonio on April 29th. The pregnant victim’s sister said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship though and that yesterday the boyfriend had been asked to leave and he refused.

Sandra White was a nurse at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Sophomore Arkeyvion White was an honor roll student and football player at Dutchtown High School.

Bailey  was a convicted felon who served two years in the 90s on an aggravated assault conviction.

Kemp Urged To Veto Abortion Bill Again At State Capitol

(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp is getting some pressure from Tinseltown to veto his state’s controversial abortion bill. Actress Alyssa Milano showed up at the State Capitol yesterday, with threats to push the film industry to another state if the bill becomes law.

Kemp says he’s not worried what someone in Hollywood thinks about him. The “fetal heartbeat” bill bans most abortions as soon as a doctor can detect a heartbeat in an embryo. Kemp has until early May to sign it.

Four Expelled From Frat Over Racist Video

(Athens, GA – AP) — A fraternity at the University of Georgia says it has expelled four members after they were seen in a racist video online. Tau Kappa Epsilon said it was disgusted, appalled and angered by the video, which shows men using a racial slur and talking about picking cotton.

The frat said it first heard about the video Friday and moved to kick the men out. The local chapter of the frat is also temporarily suspended while the national organization investigates further. The university also issued a statement that racism has no place on its campus.