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Loud music trial continues


The trial for a Florida man accused of killing a Cobb County teenager over loud music resumes Monday in Jacksonville.

Michael Dunn is charged with first degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis.

Some of the most emotional testimony in his trial happened over the weekend when Dunn's ex-fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, took the stand. She was at the gas station with Dunn when he killed Davis, but she was inside the store when those shots were fired.

She said she went outside when she heard the gunfire, but Dunn didn't tell her what had happened, and she didn't realize what was wrong until she saw the news the next day.

Cold case unit receives federal grant

Cold case unit receives federal grant

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Cold Case Unit has been awarded a $246,814 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

District attorney Vic Reynolds applied for the grant in May, and will use the money to test DNA evidence and put part-time investigators to work on cold cases.

Cobb County has 400 unsolved murder and sexual assault cases dating back to 1985.

"We are firmly committed to achieving justice for these victims and holding accountable the criminals who preyed on them," Reynolds said in a statement. "That's why creating this unit has been among my priorities, and we are so thankful for this grant to help us."

Reynolds' office said a case grows "cold" when the investigation has stalled for at least 12 months.

Cobb County's cold case tip line number is 770-528-3032.

Prosecutors won't seek death penalty against Ross Harris


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the father accused in his son's hot car death.


Justin Ross Harris is charged with eight counts
in the death of his 22-month-old son: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the 1st degree, cruelty to children in the 2nd degree, criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children, and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Cobb County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

11Alive's Vinnie Politan interviews Leanna Harris' attorney


(WXIA) -- Atlanta Alive's Vinnie Politan had an exclusive one-on-one interview with Leanna Harris' attorney Thursday morning.

Leanna Harris is the wife of the father accused in the hot car death of his son.

Justin Ross Harris was arrested after his 22-month-old son, Cooper, was found dead in the back seat of his father's SUV on June 18. Harris faces eight counts: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the 1st degree, cruelty to children in the 2nd degree, criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children, and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.

Lawyers: Leanna Harris passed polygraph on hot car death


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Attorneys for Leanna Harris tell 11Alive News she took and passed a polygraph test after her husband, Justin Ross Harris, was charged with murder in their son's death.

Attorney Lawrence Zimmerman released a written statement saying, "My firm retained a licensed veteran polygrapher and former law enforcement officer with decades of experience conducting polygraphs. On July 16th, 2014, he conducted a polygraph on my client, Leanna Harris."

Zimmerman included the results of the test:


DOWNLOAD | Statement from Leanna Harris attorney, including Polygraph results

Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

Salon owner sentenced for videotaping clients

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County man admitted in court that he videotaped women using the restroom in his two salons.

Mark Allan Storch, 56, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of invasion of privacy. A Cobb County judge sentenced him to 20 years -- five in prison and 15 on probation.

Storch owned Salon Avenue Suites, a body waxing business with locations in Kennesaw and East Cobb. Police said he installed hidden cameras throughout both salons and used them to record footage of women undressing.