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More than 6 years after a Bibb County deputy was gunned down during a drug raid, the case against his accused killer could wrap up sooner than expected.

 

Good evening, everyone. I'm Frank Malloy.

And I'm Leah Johnson.

Thanks for joining us for Eyewitness News at Six.

Damon Jolly-- the man accused of killing Deputy Joseph Whitehead-- is scheduled to go to trial after Thanksgiving.

But as Candace Adorka reports, that may not happen after all.

There's a hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

An official close to the case tells us that's when the judge could accept Damon Jolly's guilty plea.

Jolly faces the death penalty if the case goes to trial....and a plea deal could take the death penalty off the table.

He was in court last monday, as both sides worked out details ahead of the november 26 th trial.

Jolly's attorney Jeff Grube said Tuesday's trial could be more of the same.

But this afternoon...when I asked about a plea agreement, he said he'd been talking to the District attorney's office about that for months, and quote, 'Let's see what tomorrow holds."

One of Jolly's co-defendants, Antron Fair, pleaded guilty this spring.

And as part of the deal, he's supposed to testify against Jolly during the trial.

Prosecutors say the two men were dealing drugs together... and that Jolly shot Whitehead when officers broke into the home.

Tomorrow's hearing is scheduled before Judge Tillman Self III.

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Just last week... both sides were discussing jury selection and logistical details for the trial that's scheduled to be held in Savannah.

Macon and Bibb County officials want to cut down on the number of stray animals sent to the animal welfare shelter.

And one city council member thinks she knows how to make that happen.

Katelyn Heck joins us from the newsroom now with more on the proposal.

Katelyn?

Frank, I talked to Nancy White today...she's suggesting mandatory spaying and neutering as a solution to shelter overcrowding...and a way to cut down on the number of animals euthanized.

The proposal would allow a few exceptions...but if it passed...could affect pet owners all over the city.

Pet owners in Macon and Bibb County could soon be required to get their animals spayed or neutered.

This would apply to all dogs and cats over 6 months old - under an ordinance proposed by city council member Nancy White.

<obviously there are common sense exceptions, whether it is show dogs or police dogs or breeders or fosters, however, if you do have an exception, you have a license for that>

Owners could also pay for a permit to breed their pets if they don't fit any of the exception criteria... With a limit of one litter per year for each animal.

The Animal Welfare Shelter would be in charge of enforcing that... And violators would have to pay a fine of $50.

But the shelter's director Sarah Tenon says that's not enough.

<what we want to do is set that penalty above 50, above what it would cost to have it spayed or neutered and therefore hope the fee has to be where it would encourage them to go and get it spayed and may be cheaper to spay and neuter>

Tenon says she has already put together a team of 5 officers in charge of enforcing all city and county animal ordinances.... including White's proposal if it passes.

{***SOT FULL***}

<I'm hoping to see, in the first year, at least a 40 to 50 percent reduction in the number of animals we bring into the shelter.>

White says it can cost almost 300 dollars to care for each animal in the shelter.... She says reducing the number of stray cats and dogs through mandatory spaying and neutering... Will save animals' lives... And taxpayers' money.

Katelyn Heck 13WMAZ Eyewitness News

Pet owners in Macon and Bibb County could soon be required to get their animals spayed or neutered.

This would apply to all dogs and cats over 6 months old - under an ordinance proposed by city council member Nancy White.

<obviously there are common sense exceptions, whether it is show dogs or police dogs or breeders or fosters, however, if you do have an exception, you have a license for that>

Owners could also pay for a permit to breed their pets if they don't fit any of the exception criteria... With a limit of one litter per year for each animal.

The Animal Welfare Shelter would be in charge of enforcing that... And violators would have to pay a fine of $50.

But the shelter's director Sarah Tenon says that's not enough.

<what we want to do is set that penalty above 50, above what it would cost to have it spayed or neutered and therefore hope the fee has to be where it would encourage them to go and get it spayed and may be cheaper to spay and neuter>

Tenon says she has already put together a team of 5 officers in charge of enforcing all city and county animal ordinances.... including White's proposal if it passes.

<I'm hoping to see, in the first year, at least a 40 to 50 percent reduction in the number of animals we bring into the shelter.>

White says it can cost almost 300 dollars to care for each animal in the shelter.... She says reducing the number of stray cats and dogs through mandatory spaying and neutering... Will save animals' lives... And taxpayers' money.

Katelyn Heck 13WMAZ Eyewitness News

Katelyn, this could be a broad-sweeping proposal...but there are still a lot of details to be worked out before we have a tangible plan.

{***KATELYN***}

Tenon says they still need to decide on the price of permits for people who do not want their pets spayed or neutered.

She also gave the city and county her suggestion for raising the penalty fee.

White says the proposal will go to a committee after their meeting next week.

Thank you, Katelyn.

Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart says the commissioners will also consider the same ordinance.

Now today on 13WMAZ-dot-com...we asked you to weigh in in our web poll.

We asked if you'd support such a proposal.

So far...64 percent of you say yes... 36 percent of you say, no you would not.

To vote now... Visit 13WMAZ.com.

Look for the question on the right side of the homepage.

Federal agents are looking for a convicted kidnapper who escaped Saturday with five other inmates from the Emanuel County jail.

The Emanuel County Sheriff's Department says Cecil "red" Nelson and five other inmates escaped after someone left a utility closet area unlocked with access to the ceiling.

The inmates then broke open a hatch to the roof.

It took jail officials 45 minutes to realize the men were missing.

Three of the escapees have since been recaptured in Swainsboro.

According to the news release, the FBI is now in charge of the investigation.

They've announced a 5 thousand dollar reward for information leading to Nelson's recapture.

He is 33 years old, 5-feet-11 and weighs 245 lbs.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the FBI in Savannah at (912) 232-3716.

Again that number... 912-232-3716.

Today is a federal holiday observing Veterans Day... *that* was actually yesterday.

That means many of you enjoyed the day off.

But for some retired service men and women in Milledgeville...it was much more that just another day on the calendar.

Tom George was there as thousands gathered at the Georgia War Veterans Home.

Ernie Simons of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service says now is a good time to get involved with the Georgia War Veterans Home with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up.

The home currently has residents from all branches of the Armed Forces, and every war since World War II.

The leadership lineup is complete in the Georgia State House.

We'll tell you how one local representative will play a role.

Plus...

the search for a girl presumed missing has ended well... but now the circumstances of the case may not be what investigators originally thought.

Details ahead on Eyewitness News at Six.

A statewide Levi's Call was canceled today.. after a missing 14 year old girl was found at a hotel in Norcross.

But while the teen was okay...investigators now say the search may not be what they first thought.

Police report 14 year old Griselda Cibrian went missing around 3 Sunday afternoon.

They say the teen left home with a 24 year old man she met on a social networking site.

Police say they don't know whether the man...whose name hasn't been released... knew her true age - her profile said she was 19.

The search ended when Cibrian called her parents this morning and said she was ready to come home.

The man may face charges.

The newly elected Democratic and Republican caucuses of the Georgia House of Representatives have chosen their leaders for the next two years...and the lineup includes a Central Georgian for yet another term.

Larry O'Neal will once again serve as majority leader. The Republican is from Bonaire.

And David Ralston of Blue Ridge was nominated to preside as Speaker of the House.

That nomination will become official when the entire house convenes in January.

The only significant change for either group was Democrats choosing Virgil Fludd of Tyrone as caucus chairman over current chairman Brian Thomas of Lilburn.

That means Democrats' top leadership team is now entirely African-American, while the Republican team remains all white.

Less than a year ago... .the Daybreak Shelter first opened on Walnut Street to help the homeless in downtown Macon.... and it's come a long way since then.

This center is open during the day for the 300 to 500 people looking to fulfill basic needs.... like taking showers or doing laundry.

Judy Le spoke to a few visitors who say the center...has changed lives.

and as she found out, their gratitude comes Straight from the heart.

For Jewell Simmons...this place is home and these people are family

<See I gained more family, a better family. And that one right here, don't you turn around Willy. This is my second family. It's better than my first family.>

And she was eager to share her world..

<That's my teacher over there, she's going to be my teacher>

The 44-year-old found out about the Daybreak Shelter through a friend but credits assistant director Denise Saturna for turning her life around.

<Everyone who comes to the center is either living homeless or living in poverty in our city. We don't separate out who is who. We just take the people as they walk through the door and see them as a person>

<My family, they were no where around for me, but Denise, she was there.>

Sister Elizabeth Greim partnered with DePaul USA, a Philadelphia non-profit, to raise 175-thousand dollars to finance the shelter. The donation-based center runs mostly on volunteers.

<They're going to help me out with my GED. they can come in here

and get your clothes washed, stuff like that. You've got a place for kids, doctors and all.>

Andrew Malcolm once lived in the streets and like Simmons...considers this shelter as a safe haven.

The 59 year old uses art as therapy...

He stops by Daybreak to draw and to encourage old friends

<there's life outside of being homeless, there's life beyond this>

Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news

The grand opening of the shelter is this Thursday.

It is located at 174 Walnut Street...just south of Martin Luther King Boulevard....near downtown Macon.

Ahead tonight at eleven.. There's a unique exhibit in Central Georgia on display that features empty wallets as a tribute to the unemployed of America.

An opening ceremony for the exhibit is taking place now at Walker Hall Auditorium.

Candace Adorka is there and will have more on the exhibit and how it came to be in a full report on eyewitness news at eleven.

 

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