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Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

WATCH | What to expect during the APS trial

Teen dies at Grady after being shot

Teen dies at Grady after being shot

ATLANTA -- A teenager has died after being shot in Downtown Atlanta overnight.

The victim, 18-year-old Montavious Washington, was shot on Broad Street at around 10:45 p.m. Monday.

Atlanta Police Capt. Jonathan Durant said Washington got into a fight with a suspect shortly before the shooting. After being shot in the chest, Washington ran from the scene and collapsed in the 200 block of Trinity Avenue. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Durant said police are interviewing witnesses and searching for possible suspects.

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Woman killed, 2 charged in motorcycle accident

Woman killed, 2 charged in motorcycle accident

ATLANTA -- Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident over the weekend.

The wreck happened Saturday night on the ramp leading to Interstate 20 from the southbound Downtown Connector.

Atlanta Police said a Hyundai Sonata was merging onto I-20 when it clipped the back of a motorcycle with two people aboard. The motorcycle's female passenger fell from the bike and was fatally run over by the Hyundai.

The motorcycle crashed into a median wall. Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said its driver fled when he saw his passenger was dead. The victim's name was not released.

The Hyundai driver, Jessica M. Johnson, was arrested at the scene. Jones said Johnson's blood alcohol level was .209. She was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving and following too closely.

Sheriff's deputy charged with fondling victims

Sheriff's deputy charged with fondling victims

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Fulton County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with fondling women involved in court cases.

Nakia Dorsey, 38, has been indicted on two counts of sexual battery, two counts of false imprisonment and one count of simple battery in two separate cases at the Fulton County Courthouse.

According to the indictment, the first incident happened in October 2011. Dorsey took a 20-year-old woman into a private office within the courthouse, where he detained and fondled her.

In May 2012, Dorsey told a 27-year-old woman that she could reclaim her property if she followed him into a courthouse office. Once inside, he blocked the door, fondled the victim and exposed himself to her, according to the indictment.

The victim in the second case reported Dorsey to the police, which led to investigators uncovering information about the first incident.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

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.

At least 3 shootings reported in Atlanta overnight

At least 3 shootings reported in Atlanta overnight

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police reported at least three separate shootings in the city early Tuesday.

RELATED | 1 dead, 2 hurt in Monday evening shooting

The first shooting happened at around 12:30 a.m. at an apartment building on Daniel Street in northeast Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Capt. Todd Coyt said a man was shot in the head. He was alert, conscious and breathing after the shooting, and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The shooting is under investigation. Coyt said police do not yet have a description of the suspect.

The second shooting happened about an hour later at a home on West Avenue near Roy Street in southwest Atlanta.

Coyt said the victim was shot in the stomach and was also alert, conscious and breathing. No other information was immediately available.