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Woman accused of shooting boyfriend in drunken rage sentenced


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta woman convicted of shooting her boyfriend in a drunken rage was sentenced Friday to serve 8 years in prison.

According to the Cobb County District Attorney's Office, 46-year-old Cattrina Victoria Crider had been drinking at the couple's apartment on Barrett Creek Boulevard on Dec. 6, 2014. While in their bedroom Crider allegedly put the barrel of her 9mm Glock pistol at the victim's stomach and pulled the trigger as he tried to escape. 

After firing the shot, authorities said Crider did not call for help. Instead, the victim staggered outside, where a neighbor found him and called for assistance.

The victim survived, but was left with lifelong medical issues and is unable to work.

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LIST: Evidence admissible in Ross Harris hot car death trial


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County judge will allow "bad character" evidence to be presented in the trial of a man charged in the hot car death of his son.

Justin Ross Harris is facing numerous charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children, in the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. The child was found dead in the back seat of an SUV in June 2014.

In motions hearings last month, the defense team argued that several pieces of evidence, including information on Harris’ alleged infidelity and internet searches on life without children, shouldn’t be allowed at trial.

Judge rules in state's favor in Ross Harris hot car death trial motions


MARIETTA, Ga. – A judge has ruled that evidence the defense sought to bar in the trial of a man charged in the hot car death of his 22-month-old son will be allowed.

Ross Harris was arrested after his son, Cooper, was found dead in the back seat of a hot car in June of 2014. He faces multiple charges including: malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. His trial is set to begin in April.

In motions hearings last month, the defense team argued that several pieces of "bad character" evidence, including information on Harris’ alleged infidelity and internet searches on life without children, shouldn’t be allowed at trial.

Fallout continues for judge caught on camera with ADAs


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County judge accused of getting too cozy with prosecutors will now have to fight to keep his job. 

There has yet to be a hearing to determine if Judge Rueben Green did anything wrong, but an attorney running for a seat on the bench has filed to run against Green.

In late February, a motion was filed asking Judge Green to recuse himself from a case and grant a new trial, due to statements made with prosecutors outside the presence of the defendant or his attorney.

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Man sentenced for rape of 9-year-old girl


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man accused of sodomizing a 9-year-old girl will spend the rest of his life in prison – and two more – after a sentencing held Thursday.

A Cobb County jury took just 40 minutes to convict Francisco Melendez, 19, of kidnapping, rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy for the acts he committed against the victim.

Melendez was a friend of the girl’s family and was staying with the family in their apartment on Winterset Parkway in Marietta, Ga.

Just after midnight on Dec. 7, 2014, Melendez woke the child up and took her outside and around the side of the apartment building, where he raped her.

The girl disclosed the assault to her mother as soon as Melendez took her back to her apartment, and Marietta Police were notified.

Father accused in hot car death of son faces new charges


MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- The father charged in the hot car death of his son has been indicted on several new counts involving sexual exploitation of children.

In June 2014, Ross Harris was arrested after his 22-month-old son Cooper was found dead in the back seat of an SUV. Harris is set to go on trial in April on numerous charges including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children.

Cobb Co. police respond to 2 shooting deaths in matter of hours


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County police are investigating after two very different homicides that happened over the course of a few hours – and just a few miles apart.

The first was reported on Saturday in the 3700 block of Austell Road in Marietta, Ga. at around 5:30 p.m.

There, they found a man shot inside a car in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

The victim, later identified as Corey Dwight Thomas, 41, of Lithia Springs, Ga. was taken to Wellstar South Cobb but died from his injuries.

Police later charged the victim’s apparent girlfriend, Crystal Vincent, 35, of Marietta, Ga. with aggravated assault and felony murder in his death.

She was taken to the Cobb County jail where she is being held without bond.