Friday, March 23, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US....I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

THE SHOOTING OF A FLORIDA TEEN BY A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CAPTAIN CONTINUES TO GAIN NATIONAL ATTENTION.

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN GUNNED DOWN TRAYVON MARTIN FEBRUARY 26TH IN SANFORD FLORIDA.
ZIMMERMAN SAID HE SHOT MARTIN IN SELF-DEFENSE.
NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE CASE.
THE SHOOTING HAS SPARKED PROTESTS NATIONWIDE.... AND CALLS FOR ZIMMERMAN'S ARREST BY PEOPLE WHO SAY THE SHOOTING WAS RACIALLY FUELED.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND F-B-I OPENED A CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATION.

AND TOMORROW ORGANIZERS PLAN A MARCH THROUGH DOWNTOWN ATLANTA.
CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS SAY IT'S AIMED AT AMENDING GEORGIA'S STAND YOUR GROUND LAW.... WHICH IS LIKE THE LAW INVOLVED IN THE FLORIDA CASE.

LORRA LYNCH JONES IS JOINING US NOW WITH MORE ON THAT GEORGIA LAW... AND THE TOPIC OF SELF DEFENSE.
HER GUEST IS DEFENSE ATTORNEY AND FORMER HOUSTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY BURKE.

- The 2006 Stand Your Grand Law as it is termed was enacted in 2006. Explain how it broadened the circumstances under which citizens can use deadly force in Georgia. (deadly force without retreat or no duty to retreat)

- Why is it contoversial?

- What is the Castle Doctrine?
- If you feared for the safety of yourself or your family, you are entitled to defend your home with force sufficient to repel the attack. Case closed. Also know as the "Make My Day Law".

- Under what circumstances can you use deadly force in Georgia and not be charged with a crime?
- person is breaking-into your property and you feel they are going to harm you.
- prevent a felony
- unlawful entry

- What is your opinion based on what you've read about the Trayvon Martin case?

THE CHILD TAKEN FROM DODGE COUNTY THURSDAY MORNING HAS BEEN FOUND IN MISSISSIPPI.

THE GBI HAS BEEN COORDINATING WITH THE GRANDPARENTS AND CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES TO GET THE BABY BACK TODAY.

TAYLOR NICOLE MASKILL ABDUCTED HER SON... MATHEW MASKILL JOHNSON AND TRAVELED WEST WITH JOHNNY JOHNSON.
JUDY LE WENT TO DODGE COUNTY TO TALK TO GBI SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE...TODD LOWRY... ABOUT THE
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the seven month old baby was taken thursday morning from his maternal grandparents...here in dodge county. todd lowry said he did not know why the mother did not have custody. he said the courts gave the parental rights over to the grandparents temporarily, but were in the process of making them permanant before the abduction. lowry says baby, mother and boyfriend were found on the road in marshall county around 11 am.law enforcements stopped the car because they recognized it from the amber alert. he said that they were possibly on their way to texas. right now they're working with child protective services in mississippi...as well as here...to get the child back to dodge county.
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THE GBI SAYS THEY EXPECT ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST THE MOTHER AND BOYFRIEND.
MASKILL ALREADY FACES CHARGES OF KIDNAPPING AND INTERFERENCE WITH CHILD CUSTODY.....JOHNSON IS ACCUSED OF AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION.

POLICE SAY A MAN FOUGHT AND CUT A PERRY FOOD MART EMPLOYEE WITH A KNIFE LAST NIGHT.
A CO-WORKER SHOWED KATELYN HECK THE SURVEILANCE VIDEO OF THE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY.

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(NATS: there he is crawling in)
POLICE SAY THIS MAN... DAMIEN SINGLETARY RAN INTO PERRY FOOD MART AROUND TEN THIRTY THURDSDAY NIGHT... AND AN EMPLOYEE... LARRY SUTTON... FOUGHT THE INTRUDER.
THIS SURVEILANCE VIDEO SHOWS THE TWO MEN BATTLING THROUGH THE STORE... KNOCKING OVER STANDS OF FOOD.
(NATS: i was just shocked)
CO-WORKER SHANNON SMITH SAYS SUTTON EVENTUALLY CHASED SINGLETARY OUT.
SHE SAYS ONE OF THE STORES REGULAR CUSTOMERS SAW THE END OF THE FIGHT FROM THE PARKING LOT AND CALLED 9-1-1.
A POLICE REPORT SAYS SINGLETARY PULLED OUT A KNIFE AND CUT SUTTON ON BOTH HANDS.
(SOT:he said his hand was cut but not really bad, but yeah you could tell where he grabbed the knife. he came up here this morning and he's moving kind of slow.)
SMITH SAYS SUTTON WENT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT FRIDAY MORNING....BUT WAS NOT ADMITTED.

KATELYN HECK
13MAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
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POLICE CAPTAIN HEATH DYKES SAYS OFFICERS FOUND SINGLETARY AT A HOUSE IN PERRY.
HE'S CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERY AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.

HE'S NOW IN THE HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.

ben gives three day forecast

THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

ON JULY 31... PEOPLE IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY WILL CAST THEIR VOTES ON THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND STATE SENATOR CECIL STATON WILL SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE PROPOSAL.

AS WE GO TO BREAK.. HERE'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S AVERAGE GAS PRICE IN MACON ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

FOR SEVERAL YEARS.. THE BIBB LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION WRESTLED WITH PROPOSALS TO CONSOLIDATE THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENTS.

BUT THIS YEAR.. LAWMAKERS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A MERGER PROPOSAL THAT VOTERS WILL DECIDE IN THE JULY 31 ELECTION.
STATE SENATOR CECIL STATON AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT JOIN RANDALL SAVAGE TO TALK ABOUT THE MERGER PROPOSAL.

(Randall interview Reichert and Staton)

CLEAN UP CONTINUES AT THE ROSE THEATER IN FORSYTH.

AFTER MONDAY'S FIRE AT THE NEIGHBORING GRITS CAFE.
FIND OUT WHEN THEY EXPECT TO FINISH UP... STAY WITH US.

FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE FIRE THAT DESTROYED GRITS CAFE MONDAY... WAS AN ACCIDENT.

ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE... OILY RAGS STORED IN A FOOD PREP ROOM....HEATED UP AND CAUGHT FIRE.

AND ALTHOUGH GRITS WAS A TOTAL LOSS... CREWS ARE STILL WORKING NEXT DOOR... TO BRING THE ROSE THEATRE BACK TO LIFE.
BOARD MEMBER CONNIE COPELAN SAYS DOZENS ARE COMING OUT AND GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY... WORKING TO RESTORE THE THEATRE FROM THE OUTSIDE... IN.

COPELAN SAYS CLEANING SHOULD WRAP UP BY MONDAY...
THAT'S WHEN PAINTERS AND ELECTRICAL CREWS CAN GET TO WORK.

SHE DID NOT HAVE A COST ESTIMATE FOR DAMAGE AT THE THEATRE.
THEY PLAN TO RE-OPEN IN MID APRIL.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.

BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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