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Jurors deliberate in 1995 flight attendant murder

Jurors deliberate in 1995 flight attendant murder

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Friday in the trial of a man accused of killing a flight attendant in 1995.

The deliberations begin after the jury heard nearly four hours of closing arguments on Thursday.

Waseem Daker is charged with murder in the Oct. 23, 1995 strangling death of 30-year-old Karmen Smith in her East Cobb home. Prosecutors say he also repeatedly stabbed Smith's 5-year-old son Nick, who survived the attack. Daker was 18 years old at the time.

The prosecution said that Daker had been stalking a woman who lived upstairs from Smith.

Daker, who lived in Duluth, was arrested in Gwinnett County in 2010, nearly 15 years after the crime.

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Ex Gwinnett commissioner's son sentenced for bribery

Ex Gwinnett commissioner's son sentenced for bribery

ATLANTA -- The son of a former Gwinnett County commissioner and another man were each sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison on charges stemming from a bribery scheme.

Former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, her son John Fanning and an associate, Carl "Skip" Cain, pleaded guilty in May in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for Lasseter's influence and vote for a proposed real estate development in her district.

Fanning and Cain were sentenced Tuesday to four years and nine months in prison. They were charged in the bribery scheme and also were accused of conspiring to traffic cocaine.

Lasseter was sentenced earlier this month to two years and nine months in prison.

Prosecutors have said all three are cooperating with authorities in an ongoing investigation into corruption in Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

Mich. shooting suspect arrested in Ga.

Mich. shooting suspect arrested in Ga.

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The second of three young men wanted in connection with a shooting that wounded five people at a southeast Michigan roller skating rink in December has been arrested in Georgia.

Waterford Township Police said in a statement that 21-year-old Tre-Andis Jamison of Pontiac is being held in Gwinnett County after being taken into custody there Monday by the FBI. He was named earlier this year in a warrant on assault with intent to murder, conspiracy and firearm possession charges.

Police said the Dec. 23 shooting at the Rolladium Skating Center in Waterford Township involved two rival Pontiac gangs. About 290 people were inside the rink, about 25 miles northwest of Detroit.

A 17-year-old was arrested in January in the case. Investigators are still searching for 18-year-old Robert Lee German.

Norcross Housing Authority employee arrested on drug charges in Hall County

Norcross Housing Authority employee arrested on drug charges in Hall County

A Duluth man has been arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop in south Hall, while he was operating a Norcross government vehicle. 

County installs informational kiosks in Justice Center

County installs informational kiosks in Justice Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County is working hard to ensure that crime victims and witnesses can find information about their cases with ease.

Earlier this week, the District Attorney's office unveiled a series of informational kiosks throughout the county Justice and Administration Center. The computer-based system available at the kiosks provides a wide range of judicial information that can be navigated through a series of inquiries.

The county hopes to expand the kiosk program to police precincts and the sheriff's department in the near future.