Eyewitness News at 11, 5-13-13

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Hello.

Thanks for joining us.

I'm Frank Malloy...and these are our top stories for this Monday, the thirteenth day of May.

<I think this points out to me that Macon's gang problem has an impact on Monroe County >

 

Three teenagers arrested for the murder of two men in Monroe County... One more still wanted.

Find out how Monroe's Sheriff thinks the paths of six people collided in one deadly night.

Plus... GBI investigators think there may be a link between what's left of this home and the case of a Middle Georgia College student, allegedly murdered by another teen.

<son you just don't know what you've taken away. And it can't be replaced. You still have your life. Thank god. >

Sentencing for Justin Grable... In the murder of a Centerville woman earlier this year... But his role in court isn't over.

In exchange for his life, Grable must now prepare to testify against the case's other defendant.

<"A monster; a hateful -- I hope he rots in that jail. I don't even want them to take his life like that. I want him to suffer in that jail, to the last extent.>

Plus, find out who this man is...and why he had such strong words about his brother.

Back in Macon... A U.S. representative hangs a new shingle on his Central Georgia Office.

How you can connect with your congressman... on this Monday, May 13th

We begin with our top story...the arrest of three Macon teens ... in last week's Monroe County double homicide.

16 year old Sameeria Carter, 19 year old Marquez Martin, and 18 year old Jordan Maxwell are all charged with murdering Russell Jacobs and James Wood.

A fourth suspect... 17 year old Dave'von Sapp... is also charged with the murder.

Investigators said that Jacobs and Wood's car broke down last Monday night.

A news release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the victims met Carter....at a Marathon gas station near Bass Road and Highway 87.

Then all six of them drove in Martin's car...to Wood's home.

The release says one of the four suspects shot Jacobs and Wood in the head....inside the home on Woods Road.

The suspects stole a TV set...computer...and camera from the home....the sheriff's department says.

Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick says a trail of information helped them put these pieces together.

Tom George sat down with him tonight..

I spoke with Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick, and he says while he's happy his team was able to work the leads needed to the solve the case, he's concerned about gang related violence spilling north.

Now I asked Bittick about the relationship between the suspects and victim ... He says they didn't know each other before and as far as he knows, it seems the suspects took advantage of Wood and Jacobs after their truck broke down.

< I think basically they decided that the house that they took these guys back to looked like a good target and that's why they decided to rob it. >

Bittick says although the public might believe the case moved quickly, they actually used a computer software system to assign dozens of leads to officers, who eventually found surveillance video after the family told them they frequently used the Bass Road gas station.

< We narrowed the time frame down to about an hour or an hour and half in which the killings had to have taken place and so we went and pulled the video tape from that time frame from that gas station.>

Bittick says the suspects were members of a Macon-based gang called Money Over Everything ... And says he's worried about crime spilling just 15 minutes north.

< I think this points out to me that Macon's gang problem has an impact on Monroe County, and so I think we need to be looking at some kind of cooperative effort where we can work together to try and combat that. >

Bittick says in his more than 30 years as Sheriff in Monroe County, this was the only double homicide since the Lake Juliette murders of two Mercer students in 90's ...

Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

If you have any information on the fourth suspect, Dave'von Sapp's whereabouts....you can call 478-994-7043.

Again.. That's 478-994-7043.

One of those accused in another murder case ... A 23-year-old man with a mental disability...will serve a life sentence.

<son you just don't know what you've taken away. And it can't be replaced. You still have your life. Thank god. >

According to the D-A's office...Grable's mental disability took the death penalty off the table.

In exchange... 23-year-old Justin Grable agreed to testify against 19-year-old Alexandria Scott.

Scott admitted to shooting and killing 38-year-old Kimberly McKenzie of Centerville back in January.

Her body was found in South Bibb County.

The remains of 19-year-old Jmaal Keyes... Still considered missing... According to a GBI investigator who told 13WMAZ today, "were not prepared to say we've found his body".

But special agent Todd Lowery said...the investigation has uncovered evidence that's been taken to the GBI Crime Lab.

Law enforcement found it at a cabin...that burned down around the time of Keyes' disappearance in late April. They won't say what it is.

Last week... 17 year old Robert Kane Rolison was arrested and charged with Keyes' murder.

Lowery says, the cabin is down the road from Rolison's family home in Hawkinsville.

Rolison made his first appearance before a magistrate judge Sunday. According to the Oconee District Attorney, Rolison was denied bond. \

Hospitals nationwide could lose half a billion dollars in federal funding meant to offset the cost of covering the uninsured next year. The loss will be especially felt in states where lawmakers have decided against expanding Medicaid coverage. Currently...Republican lawmakers say they won't favor an expansion.

According to rough estimates released Monday by federal health officials, cuts could jump to $4 billion in 2020,

Hospitals around the country that treat a large number of uninsured residents rely on federal funds to offset costs. But the Affordable Care Act assumes more residents will have health insurance and that hospitals will treat a smaller number of uninsured patients.

Congressman Sanford Bishop stopped in Macon this morning to open up an office he hopes will make him more accessible to his Central Georgia constituents.

Bishop cut a ribbon at the City Hall Annex on Cherry street, to announce the opening of a new second congressional district office.

New parts of Central Georgia were recently absorbed into that district with a redrawing of congressional lines.

When we caught up with the Congressman today... He broke from the festivities to address gridlock in Washington.

<i'm hopeful that we will be able to move forward together, and not seek Democrat or Republican solutions to the challenges that we face. They're so massive, we must seek American solutions. We can only do that if we work together.>

The office is intended to provide services for those who need help with the federal issues relating to social security, medicare, medicaid, veterans services, and military service.

It's difficult to keep up with yard work...and when a sick child becomes your first priority... The work is even more taxing.

One Toomsboro family is getting some help from Cutting Edge Landscaping....as a part of the businesses' annual Backyard Makeover Project.

16-year-old Jonathon Tompkins has Jackhammer Esophagus.

That's when muscles in the esophagus spasm.

Tompkins loves baseball....he says it's the only thing that really makes him feel good right now.

His backyard will have a baseball theme.

<the main thing that I'm hoping for is a batting cage...and I really honestly don't care what I have or what I get..they could have just cleaned it up for me and I would have been happy....cuz I'm not a real picky person. >

Tompkins is receiving botox treatment to help relax the muscles in his esophagus...which connects the throat to the stomach...If that doesn't work long term... His mom says surgery is the next route.

Remember the passenger...bound for Atlanta...arrested for allegedly slapping someone else's 19 month old child?

His trial was supposed to be toay... But a federal magistrate judge has rescheduled it for October.

The man, Joe Hundley, is from Idaho.

He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges in the case earlier this year.

Hundley says he snapped last February after he had just learned that his own son was brain dead.

However, he maintains... that he never actually hit the baby.

<We were disappointed, uh we put on a vigorous defense. We think we, it went well for us in the courtroom. But the jury spoke and we respect the jury's verdict.>

A Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of killing three babies born alive was found guilty today of first-degree murder.

Doctor Kermit Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for overdosing an abortion patient.

Now the jury must decide if he will receive the face penalty.

Prosecutors say Gosnell used scissors to cut the baby's spinal cords after they were born.

Authorities say some of the babies were born as late as the eighth month of pregnancy and would have been able to survive.

More now on the chilling abduction case in Ohio.

The brothers of suspected kidnapper Ariel Castro are speaking publicly for the first time on the shocking case.

Police say Castro held three women captive for more than a decade, repeatedly raping them -- until they were freed last week.

In a cnn interview, Pedro and Onil (oh-neal) castro showed no sympathy for their brother -- and no longer view him as part of the family.

SAVIDGE: "What is your brother to you now?"

ONIL CASTRO: "A monster; a hateful -- I hope he rots in that jail. I don't even want them to take his life like that. I want him to suffer in that jail, to the last extent. I don't care if they even feed him, for what he has done to my life and my family's."

PEDRO CASTRO: "I feel the same way."

SAVIDGE: "To the both of you, now, he no longer exists. He is--"

PEDRO CASTRO: "Right."

ONIL CASTRO: "Yeah."

SAVIDGE: "He is gone."

ONIL CASTRO: "He is goner."

SAVIDGE: "Almost as if he were dead."

PEDRO CASTRO: "Yeah."

ONIL CASTRO: "A monster's a goner. I'm glad that the -- that he left the door unlocked or whatever he did. Whether he did it on purpose -- maybe he wanted to get caught. Maybe time was up. Maybe he was inside too much; he wanted to get caught, but if he did it that way, he shouldn't have went to Mama's house and picked me up, put me in the car, if he knew that was going to happen."

>

Onil and Pedro Castro were arrested along with their brother last week, but they were not charged.

Police now say the men had *no* connection to the kidnappings.

Well-known psychologist and t-v personality doctor Joyce Brothers has died.

Brothers won the popular t-v game show "the 64-thousand dollar question" and went on to become a familiar guest on t-v talk shows, explaining medical and psychological issues.

She also wrote a syndicated newspaper column.

Brothers' daughter tells cnn her mother "passed away peacefully and in her home in Portland, New Jersey, with her family all around her."

She was 85.

<"Seven minutes to go over 15 feet. It was unbelievable.">

Mother nature put on a show this past weekend in minnesota.

Winds up to 40-miles-per-hour blew ice off Mille Lacs Lake north of Saint Paul.

Some mountains of ice were 30-feet tall.

According to the department of natural resources...about ten miles of shoreline are covered in ice.

 

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