Friday, June 15, Eyewitness News at 6

10:34 PM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
  • FILED UNDER

HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US....I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES LEAH JOHNSON.... IS AT SECOND STREET WITH THE FILMING OF THE FILM "42"
WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW... AND HEAR ABOUT THE DAY'S ACTIVITIES FROM OUR OWN SUZANNE LAWLER.

BUT FIRST... TONIGHT'S TOP STORY... ANTRON DEWAYNE FAIR PLEADS GUILTY TO A SINGLE MURDER CHARGE IN THE 20-06 SHOOTING DEATH OF BIBB COUNTY DEPUTY JOSEPH WHITEHEAD..
AND SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE TRIPP SELP SENTENCED HIM TO LIFE IN PRISON.. WITH CREDIT FOR THE TIME SERVED SINCE HIS INCARCATION ON MARCH 26.. 20-06.
KATELYN HECK HAS MORE ON THE STORY.
<<ACCOMPANIED BY HIS LAWYER ATLANTA LAWYER BRIAN STEELE.. FAIR ENTERED THE SUPERIOR COURTROOM SHORTLY AFTER TWO P-M.
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE TRIPP SELF THUMBED THROUGH THE TWENTY-EIGHT PAGE PLEA AGREEMENT AND MADE SURE PROSECUTORS.. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS.. AND FAIR HIMSELF ALL AGREED TO THE NEGOTIATED DEAL.
AMONG OTHER THINGS.. PROSECUTORS AGREED TO DISMISS FIVE OF THE SIX MURDER CHARGES STEMMING FROM WHITEHEAD'S DEATH.. FOURTEEN FIREARM CHARGES.. AND SIX DRUG POSSESSION AND DISTRIBUTION CHARGES.
IN EXCHANGE.. FAIR AGREED TO TESTIFY DURING CO-DEFENDANT DAMON JOLLY'S MURDER AND DRUG TRIAL.. SCHEDULED FOR NEXT FALL.
JUDGE SELF SAID THAT IF FAIR BACKED OUT...THE DEAL IS OFF.
THE ONLY TIME FAIR SPOKE DURING THE HEARING WAS TO PLEAD GUILTY TO THE SINGLE MURDER COUNT.. HE DECLINED COMMENT WHEN JUDGE SELF ASKED IF HE WANTED TO SPEAK DURING SENTENCING.
ABOUT A DOZEN MEMBERS OF WHITEHEAD'S FAMILY ATTENDED THE SENTENCING.. AND ALL OF THEM DECLINED COMMENT WHEN SELF ASKED IF THEY WANTED TO SPEAK.
ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER THE FAIR SENTENCING.. PROSECUTORS.. DAMON JOLLY AND HIS ATTORNEYS APPEARED BEFORE SELF TO DISCUSS SOME PRE-TRIAL BUSINESS.
THAT INCLUDED SUCH THINGS AS PREPARING QUESTIONS FOR JURORS.. AND HOW THE SHERIFF WOULD HANDLE SECURITY WHEN JOLLY'S MURDER TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS PLANS TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY FOR JOLLY.. WHO'S REPRESENTED BY WARNER ROBINS ATTORNEY JEFF GRUBE AND JIM STOKES OF ATLANTA.
>>

JOINING US NOW TO DISCUSS THE PROS AND CONS OF THE DEATH PENALTY ARE DEFENSE ATTORNEY FRANKLIN HOGUE AND PROSECUTOR GREG BUSHWAY.
MR. HOGUE IS AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT... MR. BUSHWAY SUPPORTS IT.

- Mr. Bushway, why do you support and... Then, Mr. Hogue... you can respond to his argument.

- What's your opinion on the death penalty being sought for Mr. Fair and Mr. Jolly in this case?

- Mr. Fair took the plea and agreed to testify against Mr. Jolly. How could potentially affect Jolly's trial and ultimatly the sentencing phase?

- Mr. Hogue, what's your opinion on how the death penalty is applied... or what legal minds call arbitrariness?

- Is it more economical to taxpayers to seek life without parole or the death penalty?

- Mr. Bushway, in what types of cases do you believe the death penalty should be applied?

- Is the death penalty a deterrent?

THE FILMING OF "42" CONTINUES DOWNTOWN... AND TODAY CREWS SET UP ON SECOND STREET.
LEAH... WHAT'S THE ACTIVITY LEVEL OUT THERE?

THE WEEKEND ROLLS IN WITH BEAUTIFUL WEATHER IN SIGHT.. AND IF YOUR PLANS TAKE YOU OUT TO EAT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.. YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW A FEW FAVORITES DID WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
BRITTINY BARBER JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
FOR ALL RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.

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.

Most Watched Videos