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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."

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.

Woman wrote fake loans to pay personal debt

Woman wrote fake loans to pay personal debt

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A 48-year-old Tiger, Ga. woman was arrested for stealing from her workplace and using the money to pay her personal debts, police said Tuesday.

Tracy Lorene Pratt was arrested Monday and charged with theft by deception, according to Kennesaw Police spokesman Scott Luther.

Pratt worked at Just Cash on North Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw, where Luther said she wrote fake loans for her debts. An audit of the business revealed that Pratt took about $131,000 from Just Cash between early 2010 and June 2012, Luther said.

Pratt is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

2 arrested, 1 sought in murder case

2 arrested, 1 sought in murder case

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Cobb County Police have named three suspects in a murder case that occurred over the weekend.

The victim, 53-year-old Milton Kelley, was found shot to death in the driveway of his Kennesaw home on Saturday night.

Since then, two men have been taken into custody.

Eighteen-year-old Brandon Love of Woodstock was arrested at an apartment in Smyrna on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning, police arrested 29-year-old Percy Burdine at his Woodstock home. Both men face charges of murder and aggravated assault.

Man shot dead in driveway

Man shot dead in driveway

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are looking for clues and suspects in a fatal shooting case.

The body of 53-year-old Milton Carl Kelley was found at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday in the driveway of a home on Leicester Drive in Kennesaw.

Cobb County Police spokesman Ofc. Mike Bowman said Kelley was shot. Police have not yet named a motive or any suspects.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Cobb Couny Police at 770-499-3945.

Police investigate gas station robbery

Police investigate gas station robbery

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are looking for a man accused of robbing a Kennesaw gas station last week.

The robbery happened shortly before 6 a.m. on Apr. 6 at the Texaco at 3129 Cobb Parkway.

According to police, a masked man robbed the station's convenience store at gunpoint. He ran from the scene after receiving cash.

Witnesses described the suspect as a white man, about 5-feet-5-inches tall and 150 to 170 pounds. He was wearing jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a black mask.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945.

3 arrested for shooting BB gun at cars, businesses

3 arrested for shooting BB gun at cars, businesses

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Acworth Police have arrested three people for damaging several cars and stores near the north end of Cobb Parkway.

Several witnesses said the perpetrators rode around in a silver Chevrolet Impala, shooting at cars and buildings with a BB or pellet gun, according to Acworth Police spokesman Maj. Wayne Dennard.

Patrol officers spotted the Impala in the parking lot of the Walmart on Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw and identified the driver as 17-year-old Caleb Fields.

Fields was arrested at the scene. Two other suspects -- 18-year-old Andrew Morgan and 22-year-old Christopher Kellner -- were arrested later at Morgan's Acworth home.

All three suspects were charged with criminal property damage stemming from at least 31 shooting incidents in Acworth, Kennesaw and unincorporated Cobb, according to Dennard. Fields was also charged with marijuana possession.

Dennard said additional charges may be possible as more victims come forward.