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GWINNETT: Court to consider speedy trial claim

GWINNETT: Court to consider speedy trial claim

ATLANTA -- A death penalty defendant who has been awaiting trial for a Gwinnett County killing since March 2005 is asking Georgia's top court to dismiss all charges for violations of his right to a speedy trial for the second time in less than two years.

Khahn Dinh Phan is asking the Georgia Supreme Court to dismiss his charges because he said the state has "chronically underfunded" the death penalty defense system.

Phan was accused of the December 2004 shootings of a Vietnamese couple and their two-year-old son over a gambling debt. The father and son died, while the wife suffered severe injuries.

Phan was appointed two public defenders, but the case lagged amid a funding delay. Prosecutors say Phan brought the delays upon himself.

Early morning bank robber still at large

Early morning bank robber still at large

LILBURN, Ga. –Early Friday morning, a bank robbery occurred at the Well Fargo bank at 1028 Killian Hill Road in Lilburn.

Authorities say the suspect, who was identified as a light skinned black male armed with a hand gun jumped the counter and secured an unspecified amount of money.

According to a report, the suspect fled to a waiting burgundy 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The car had Tennessee tags and a damaged right rear fender.

Wells Fargo is offering a $5000 reward in this case. No one was injured during this robbery.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.

 

Gwinnett County inmate charged with attempted murder-for-hire

Gwinnett County inmate charged with attempted murder-for-hire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – According to the Gwinnett County sheriff deputies, they have charged a man jail inmate with trying to hire someone to kill another person.

Inmate Richard Fowler was in the Gwinnett County Jail awaiting transport into the state prison system when officials received information that he was attempting to hire someone to kill a woman with whom he had been having issues.

According to the report, during the investigation, a Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputy posed as a murderer who had been hired to commit murder; Flower met with the undercover deputy and offered him money to kill the woman.  

Deputies obtained warrants, last week, and charged Mr. Fowler with criminal solicitation and attempt to commit a crime. Fowler remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Off duty officer apprehends carjacking suspect

Off duty officer apprehends carjacking suspect

DULUTH, Ga. – An off-duty officer helped to apprehend a carjacking suspect, earlier this week.

According to a police report, 19-year old Mitchell Hart held a victim at gunpoint, and then stole his car in the parking lot of the Studio 6 Hotel on Breckinridge Boulevard.

An off duty officer, in the area, heard about the carjacking on his radio and pursued the vehicle until the suspect stopped the car and fled on foot.

After a foot pursuit, the suspect was located hiding in a parked vehicle. The officer placed the suspect under arrest and he is being charged with Hi-Jacking a Motor Vehicle, Armed Robbery, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officer and V.G.C.S.A. Possession of a Schedule IV drug. The suspect was transported to Gwinnett County Jail and is being held without bond.

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Jail visit ends in drug arrest

Jail visit ends in drug arrest

DULUTH, Ga. -- A man visiting the Gwinnett County Jail was arrested after deputies noticed he smelled of marijuana.

Jordan David Mendez, 19, of Duluth was at the jail on Friday, May 20 to pick up another inmate's property.

He was questioned by deputies about the smell and admitted to smoking marijuana before arriving at the jail. Police subsequently found 14 small baggies of the drug in his car.

Mendez was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and crossing the guard line with drugs.

He is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.