Georgia News Roundup
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Prosecutor to address case of Georgia gym mat death

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A federal prosecutor plans to hold a news conference to discuss the case of a Valdosta teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore plans to talk about the case of Kendrick Johnson at his office in Macon Thursday. His office hasn't released any details of what he plans to say.

The 17-year-old's body was found Jan. 11 stuck in an upright mat propped behind the bleachers. Lowndes County sheriff's investigators concluded Johnson died in a freak accident, but his family insists someone must have killed him.

A southern Georgia judge on Wednesday ordered authorities to release all surveillance video that investigators reviewed. The 17-year-old's parents say they hope the video footage will contain clues to how he died.

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Boy wounded by gunfire called innocent bystander

ATLANTA (AP) — An 11-year-old boy is hospitalized after he was shot during a gun battle in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta police Officer John Chafee says the child was shot in the shoulder around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on Coleman Street. The boy was in stable condition Wednesday night.

Investigators say they believe the child was an innocent bystander and wounded as two groups of people exchanged gunfire in the street.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that after the child was shot, his brother carried him a few houses down the street to his home, where a family member called 911. The child was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Chafee tells WSB-TV that witnesses reported the suspects may have fled on bicycles.

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Georgia woman indicted in 91-year-old's beating death

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Georgia woman has been indicted on a murder charge in the 2001 beating death of a 91-year-old woman from Raleigh.

A Wake County grand jury on Monday indicted 53-year-old Cathy Lynne Lentini on a murder charge in the death of Beulah Dickerson.

Dickerson was found dead in a bedroom of her Raleigh home in October 2001. Authorities said she had been beaten.

Lentini was arrested Oct. 22. Authorities say the Cartersville, Ga., woman used to live near Dickerson, but police have not spelled out what led to the arrest.

A judge has denied bond for Lentini. During an initial court appearance after Lentini's arrest, a public defender appointed for her said his client was tired and concerned about the charges.

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Woman killed in blast at Georgia manufacturing plant

ROCKMART, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a deadly explosion at a manufacturing plant in the northwest Georgia town of Rockmart.

Polk County Coroner Lester Litesey III tells The Associated Press that 56-year-old Elaine Davidson of Rockmart died in the blast.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday at the Meggitt Polymers and Composites plant in the town about 45 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Litesey said the explosion involved a boiler, and there were no other deaths or injuries associated with the incident.

Glenn Allen, a spokesman for Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, says an investigator from that agency was at the scene.

Few other details were immediately available late Thursday morning.

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