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Georgia man found guilty in 1976 slaying


Georgia man found guilty in 1976 slaying

A 66-year-old Georgia man was convicted Friday of killing a Missouri waitress nearly 35 years ago before going into hiding for decades. Jurors deliberated for about six hours in Columbia before deciding that suburban Atlanta resident Johnny Wright was guilty of second-degree murder in the August 1976 disappearance and death of Rebecca Doisy, 23. The former University of Missouri student's body was never found. Wright faces up to 30 years in prison. He was charged in 1985 but was not arrested until 2009. Police say he lived under the assumed identity of Errol Edwards for years.


Shooting trial set for Tucson for now

Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed Friday that the federal trial against the suspect in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be held in Tucson, at least for now. The case against Jared Loughner was moved to Phoenix after federal judges in Tucson recused themselves because a fellow judge died in the attack. Prosecutors requested the move back so witnesses won't have to drive so far.


Cleveland: Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, said Friday that he settled a lawsuit filed against a Capitol Hill cafeteria over a split tooth he says he got when he bit into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

Indonesia: In separate accidents, two passenger trains crashed and a crowded ferry burst into flames Friday, killing 16 people and sending hundreds to the hospital.

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Georgia man found guilty in 1976 slaying 01/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 10:46pm]
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