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Conviction upheld for Cobb man who stabbed wife 183 times

Conviction upheld for Cobb man who stabbed wife 183 times

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a metro Atlanta man who was found guilty of cutting and stabbing his estranged wife 183 times.

In a unanimous ruling released Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia rejected Donovan Shane Leger's claims that the trial court made numerous errors in handling his case. Instead, the court found there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find Leger guilty of the 2004 slaying.

Authorities say Tracy Leger's body was found by her brother on the ground by a Cobb County home. A medical examiner later determined she had been cut, stabbed and sliced 183 times. During a search of Donovan Ledger's home, police found a book entitled "Fugitive: How to Run, Hide and Survive."

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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Softball coach accused of molesting player

Softball coach accused of molesting player

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta softball coach is accused of sexually assaulting one of his players for more than two years.

Isuru Pasan Perera was taken into custody Sunday.

Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin said Perera was a coach and trainer at the Champion Softball Complex. The young victim, who played softball there, told investigators that Perera began molesting her in June of 2010.

Perera "used his position to coerce and intimidate the victim to commit multiple sexual acts against her," Baldwin said in a statement.

Baldwin added that all of the assaults happened in Perera's office at the softball complex.

Perera is being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail on a number of charges, including cruelty to children, aggravated sodomy, sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery, computer pornography and distributing obscene material.

Court upholds murder conviction in Cobb Co. case

Court upholds murder conviction in Cobb Co. case

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction and life prison sentence for a Douglasville man convicted of stabbing and beating his 16-year-old girlfriend to death in suburban Atlanta.

The court announced the decision involving Matthew Frederick Wilkins on Monday.

The January 2008 killing of Marlisa Wells happened after she confided that she was pregnant and wanted to keep the baby. Wells believed she was pregnant, though an autopsy revealed that she wasn't.

In 2010, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Tain Kell called the slaying of Wells "gruesome" and "brutal" before sentencing Wilkins to life plus 20 years.

Authorities say Wilkins cornered his girlfriend in a basement bathroom, where he stabbed her repeatedly, slammed her head into a toilet tank and drove a fork into her back.

Labor Department employee charged with bribery

Labor Department employee charged with bribery

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County grand jury has indicted a former Georgia Department of Labor employee accused of soliciting bribes from a contractor.

The attorney general's office announced Tuesday that Peter Brown was indicted on one count of bribery. Authorities say he solicited $4,000 from a contractor he supervised in exchange for future labor department contracts.

Authorities say the contractor notified the Office of the Inspector General, which referred the case to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI arranged for the contractor to meet Brown and give him the money in April.

The contractor took hidden audio and video recordings of the conversation, according to authorities. Brown was arrested after the meeting.

It was not immediately clear whether Brown has a lawyer.

Body wax salon owner arrested for hidden camera

Body wax salon owner arrested for hidden camera

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have arrested the owner of two body wax salons after a hidden camera was found in the ceiling of one of his businesses.

The camera was discovered July 27 in a room where customers get Brazilian waxes at the Salon Avenue Suites in Marietta. Investigators determined that the camera was attached to a cable, which led into a storage room in the building, said Cobb County Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce.

The owner of the salon, 54-year-old Mark Allen Storch, was arrested at his second body waxing salon in Acworth on Aug. 10.

Pierce said Storch, a convicted sex offender, is being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. He faces three charges of unlawful surveillance.

Councilman pleads guilty to assault

Councilman pleads guilty to assault

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta city councilman has pleaded guilty to assaulting a female colleague.

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Anthony Coleman was sentenced to 12 months' probation, 80 hours of community service, a required anger and violence evaluation, and a $600 fine. He waived his right to a jury trial on Wednesday and agreed to admit to one count of simple assault.

Prosecutors said Coleman pointed his finger in the face of Councilwoman Annette Lewis and pushed her hand away from in front of her face.

Coleman was arrested Dec. 2 in the incident, which occurred Sept. 22. Authorities say he and Lewis argued after a city redistricting committee meeting.