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STATE ROUNDUP: Accused baby killer challenges gag order

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BRUNSWICK — The lawyer representing the teenager accused of killing an infant in March is saying the motion for a gag order filed by the district attorney Wednesday is unconstitutionally broad.

In a response to Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson's motion for a protective order filed Wednesday, Kevin Gough, the public defender representing alleged baby killer De'Marquise Elkins, called a gag order a "pointless exercise" that lacks thoughtful legal analysis.

The order will not be effective until it is ruled on by Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley.

"Like a proverbial bull in the First Amendment china shop, District Attorney Jackie Johnson boldly seeks to go where no prosecutor has gone before," Gough says in the motion.

Elkins, 17, is accused, along with co-defendant Dominique Lang, 15, of shooting 13-month-old Antonio Santiago between the eyes, killing him, and wounding his mother, Sherry West, on March 21 at London and Ellis streets. West has said the teenagers were attempting to rob her.

Gough, who held two press conferences after the arrest of Elkins to say his client was innocent, said Johnson's proposed order is now unnecessary given recent developments in the case. That includes an announcement by Gough himself that he would no longer speak to the media about the Elkin's case.

"Since the bond hearing (on April 5), neither the state, the police, the victims or the defense have made any arguably prejudicial statements to the media," Gough argues in his response, filed Thursday in Glynn County Superior Court.

Gough argues the proposed order does not properly address statements about the case made by law enforcement, namely Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering.

"Chief Doering and other law enforcement officers have repeatedly enticed the media to cover these events by selectively disclosing evidence piece by piece while at the same time withholding all discovery from the defense," Gough states in the response.

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City's name will sail on Navy's newest transport ship

BRUNSWICK — The Navy will name one of its newest and fastest troop and supply ships in honor of the city of Brunswick.

Navy Secretary Maybus is expected to announce today that the next aluminum catamaran-style high speed vessel built will be named USNS Brunswick.

The vessels are named for communities that embody American values, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-1, said.

Maybus commended Brunswick when disclosing the honor to officials, saying, "Brunswick displays American values of community, hospitality and resourcefulness at their very best. I chose to name the joint high speed vessel after Brunswick to honor those values and the men and women of the city, as well as the state of Georgia."

Brunswick played a significant role in defeating the Axis powers of World War II. The JA Jones shipyard on the Brunswick River, adjacent to the Sidney Lanier Bridge, built and launched close to 100 Liberty ships used for transporting soldiers and supplies across seas during the war.

Naval Air Station Glynco, part of it now taken over by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center off Chapel Crossing Road, also was active during the war.

"From the construction of Liberty ships to U-boat patrols from Naval Air Station Glynco (looking for German submarines during World War II), Brunswick is a city steeped in military history," Kingston said. "It is an all-American city, which has always honored our troops in word and deed.

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Bibb man indicted in slaying of newlywed wife

MACON — A Twiggs County grand jury indicted a Bibb County man this week in the slaying of his wife of 19 days.

Marcus D. Hoskins, 46, faces charges of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, theft by taking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to Monday's indictment, Dublin Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney LaShonda Harris confirmed Thursday.

Hoskins called the Jones County Sheriff's Office early in the morning on Jan. 31 to confess to killing Hurley Danielle Thompson Hoskins, authorities said. Her body was left overnight at the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge off Ocmulgee East Boulevard, just over the Bibb County line.

Hoskins allegedly held the 37-year-old woman at gunpoint and made her walk about 50 yards into the woods, where he shot her five or six times, Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said the day of the arrest.

The couple had gotten into an argument on the way home from an Atlanta-area hospital, where they were visiting her daughter from a previous marriage. The teen had brain surgery there.

The new bride was considering getting back together with her ex-husband for the sake of the children, Mitchum said.

Hoskins led deputies to her remains near the Longleaf Pine Trail, which is not far off Ga. 129.

He will be arraigned in the coming weeks, but no date has been set, said Brandon Faircloth, deputy chief assistant district attorney.

Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

"Basically, at this point, everything is still on the table," Faircloth said.

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English language school officials indicted on immigration fraud charges

DULUTH — A federal grand jury has indicted officials at an English language school in Duluth on charges of illegally bringing female immigrants here to work as prostitutes in local Korean bars.

Dong Seok Yi, president and CEO of College Prep Academy, is accused of conspiring to enroll the immigrants at his school knowing they would not attend classes as required.

Federal prosecutors allege that Yi's school issued them fraudulent federal documents, enabling them to stay in the U.S. The school's academic coordinator, Sook An Kil, is accused of signing those documents and certifying the immigrants were attending classes when most never did.

The school claimed it had up to 100 students enrolled when less than half actually attended classes there, prosecutors said. Many instead began living and working in the country after obtaining student visas from the school.

Federal authorities said Yi and Chang Seon Song, the school's academic director, referred the immigrants to another co-defendant, Sang Houn Kim, to get false documents that would support their student visa applications. Kim charged the immigrants thousands of dollars for those phony documents, prosecutors said.

A federal grand jury indicted the defendants on March 5 and returned a superseding indictment against them last week. The indictment charges one count of conspiracy and eight counts of making false statements in immigration documents. Federal agents searched the school Wednesday morning and seized bank accounts associated with it.

No one answered the telephone at the school Thursday morning. And officials at the school did not respond to an email request for comment.

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Driver crashes into Atlanta nightclub, injuring two employees

ATLANTA — Two club employees were injured early Friday when they were pinned against the side of the Asylum nightclub on Flat Shoals Avenue by an out-of-control car that slammed into the building.

Channel 2 Action News reported that the driver of the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro was showing off and doing a "burnout" around 2 a.m. when he lost control of the car and hit the front of the club.

Two of the club's bouncers were pinned against the building, and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

The Camaro driver, Rodney Manley, fled the scene on foot, but was found hiding nearby and arrested, Channel 2 reported.

Manley, who injured his foot, was charged with driving under the influence and hit-and-run, according to Channel 2.

Comments

GeeGee 1 year ago

If they are so innocent, how did they know where the gun was. The mother of the 15 year old should have been charged at the very least for the child not being in school. Obviously he was not sick.

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LashLarkin 1 year ago

Keep it up with these state news roundups. Very helpful to know what's going on in the rest of the state. Thanks.

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