Hello and thanks for joining us...
I'm Leah Johnson.
And I'm Frank Malloy.
This is Eyewitness News at Six.
Our top story tonight, a Wrightsville man was arrested and charged with killing a Johnson County Deputy.
Judy Le talked with the victim's family and found out why they say they're choosing to forgive...
<effie bellamy, victim's guardian - I just don't have anything to say. She's just going to be missed.>
23-year-old... Khristal Wright...was shot to death. Her body was found Friday night on a country road in Laurens County
<effie - It made me feel like she was nothing but a bag of trash.And she wasn't. She was a human being.>
Saturday morning...sheriff's deputies arrested 21-year-old Davoris Hodges. It's a name the Wrights have known for years.
<kimberly hawkins jones, mother - They was good friends. They made a cd together, they did music together.>
Hodges was charged for murder and and armed robbery. Because the Hodges are close family friends...the Wrights are ready to forgive...
<kimberly hawkins jones, mother - i still love that family because we're all family and friends and the mom can't help what her son did>
<effie - they pray for us, we pray for them. They loss and we loss
Wright was a Johnson County school resource officer...but GBI says that the shooting was not connected to her school duties.
<Anthony akridge, laurens co invesitgator - i mean she's going to be greatly missed. Great deputy, great friend and just can't be replaced>
As family members cope with grief...
<she got her wings and she's gone>
They worry about Wright's only daughter.
<she's got a 5 year old daughter that we've got to raise.she'll never see her mother again>
Wright would have celebrated her 24th birthday on Thursday.
Judy le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
The Laurens County sheriff's office and GBI are investigating the shooting.
We called Hodges' home.... a family member said they had no comment.
The 15-year-old suspected of shooting of a baby in the coastal city of Brunswick, Georgia was charged with murder today.
The Glynn County judge didn't say if he would be charged as a juvenile or adult.
17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins also faces murder charges... but his mother says, her son is no killer.
<Mother:My feelings go out to the mother, and the baby, and my baby.
Reporter:"Do you think that this is a race issue? That your son has been arrested because of his race?
Mother: "I think they handled this wrong. They handled this investigation wrong, and the truth is going to come out."
Reporter: "How did De'Marquise and the 14-year-old know each other?"
Mother: "They don't know, they don't know of each other."
Reporter:"Are they in gangs?"
Mother:"No, they're not. My son was walking one way and had seen this. He's like a witness."
The mother of the murdered child says the two teens robbed her in a park while she pushed her child in a stroller.
She says They then shot her twice, and her baby once.
Police are still looking for a suspect in the shooting of two brothers... after they left a club in downtown Macon early Sunday.
According to the police report...the men were inside Grant's Lounge on Poplar Street when they got a call from a third brother to meet him outside.
The victims told officers they noticed the suspect..29-year-old Kendall Williams Sr... sitting inside a parked car.
One of them claims Williams pointed a gun at them...then handed it to another unidentified man..who opened fire.
Larry Sellars...and Maurice Sellars...were wounded...but the injuries were not life-theatening.
Macon Police say they are looking for Williams ...who had an ongoing beef with one of the brothers.
If you have any information on this case...you can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME. Again...that's 877-68-CRIME.
In another business theft... employees told police that thieves stole 35 thousand dollars worth of hair.
According to a police report, it happened Friday at the Vega Hair Company on Williamson Road, off Eisenhower Parkway.
An employee told police that she arrived around 11 p.m. and found the door open.
Police say a video from a neighboring business shows four men dressed in black, wearing gloves... prying open the door.
No one answered the phone at Vega Hair Company Monday afternoon. Their web site says it sells high-quality hair extensions and weaves.
Anyone with information on the case can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME. Again... that's 877-68-CRIME.
A former Bibb County Commission chairman And retired deputy police chief... Joins two former mayors and a current chairman, in the bid for the top seat in the new consolidated government.
Charlie Bishop officially announced his candidacy for mayor today... saying opportunity is what voters want.
<a lot of people in Macon think the citizens in Macon want a hand out, they don't want a hand out they want a hands up, they want a job. So we've got to create jobs we've got to create jobs in retail we've got to create good paying jobs so that our young people in particular are trained to go to college don't have to go to Atlanta or New York to find a job >
Current Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart, current Macon mayor Robert Reichert and former mayor C. Jack Ellis also say they're running for the top spot in the new consolidated government.
This week.... Chief Justice John Roberts is set hear arguments in two Supreme Court cases on Same-Sex Marriage.
The court will hear challenges to California's Propostion 8 as well as the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
While Roberts is listening... one member of his family waits patiently to hear how the court will rule.
Roberts' lesbian cousin Jean Podrasky is attending the hearing this week with her life partner.
Podrasky actively campaigned against Proposition 8 as it made its way through the courts in California.
She says she's confident that her cousin will rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
Either way... the makeup of the court leads to lots of unpredictability.
For more on the historical context of this week's hearing, we join Frank with Mercer Law Professor Scott Titshaw.
1. Tonight...our first question... Paint a picture of who sits on the Supreme Court right now as far as ideology?
We're seeing even conservative politicians tone down their rhetoric when it comes to gay marriage. Last week... U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss...when a blogger asked him what he thought about gay marriage...replied, "i'm not gay, so I'm not going to marry one." How much will public opinion play in this week?
3. If you had to predict an outcome, what do you forsee?
4. What precedents do we have on which to base those predictions.
Charles Titshaw, with the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law...thank you.
After a number of battles and bombing raids... Nearly 100 aircraft have found a final place to land at the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation.
But now... It appears budget cuts will uproot about a third of those planes... Forcing some to be cut up and scrapped.
Lorra Lynch Jones explains their fate.
A class trip to the Museum of Aviation offers 8th grader Christian Vander Voort fun... With a side of learning.
<I don't like looking at the words and stuff. I just pay attention to the planes and stuff.>
He holds a particular affection for this one..
<my dad, the camo B-52 out there, my dad worked on it and everything.>
It came to the museum in 1982... sat in the same spot the entire time... but soon... Museum Director Ken Emery says this behemoth of the skies... Will be reduced to scrap.
<its also one of the airplanes that's in the worst condition, with corrosion, deterioration, rust if you will.>
He says he doesn't have the staff to repair or maintain it.
The museum lost half of its employees..,8 people... in Air Force downsizing last year.
<we have to do something to reduce our workload simply because we cant keep things up.>
The B-52 is one of 32 museum aircraft going to other museums or the graveyard.
They chose the outcasts based on their condition or historical value.
Emery hopes the quality of what's left makes up for what's lost in quantity... But says the reduction will no doubt diminish the experience.
Teacher... Ernest Harvey... sees the potential impact.
<history wise, the kids are going to lose a lot of history here.>
And for Vander Voort that's personal. The loss of the B-52... Means the departure of both a plane.. And a memory.
In Warner Robins Lorra Lynch Jones 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
A few will be dismantled on site... And scrapped by contractors.
Some major changes are on the way for one Warner Robins library.
Library staff members say the Nola Brantley Memorial Library will be bigger and better.
Karen Odom, Director of the Houston County Public Library System says in 2001 there was an addition made to the existing structure of the branch...... but it forced them to
The new and improved branch will allow for a better flow and a much needed facelift.
She says during the summer months, they can see anywhere from twenty thousand to twenty-three thousand patrons come through the doors at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library.
Odom says renovations are being paid for by SPLOST money from 2006.
Construction is set to cost 1.8 million dollars.
<"for safety and for customer service, we needed to have staff stationed at all these different points. Whereas with the new branch, with the line of sight being so much more open, we'll be able to utilize staff better and they'll be able to help patrons better, being able to see the needs that way.">
Construction will be completed by October of 2013.
Until then, Odom says they have a temporary library set up at 610 Watson Boulevard, next to city hall.