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Ex-deputy sheriff's murder conviction upheld

Ex-deputy sheriff's murder conviction upheld

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld Derrick Yancey's murder conviction.

Yancey, a former DeKalb County deputy sheriff, was found guilty in November 2010 of killing his wife Lynda and a day laborer. He received two consecutive life sentences.

Yancey appealed the conviction, saying several critical errors were made during his trial. That appeal was overturned Monday.

According to information presented in court, Yancey shot his wife and 19-year-old Marcial Puluc, a native of Guatamala he hired to do work at his home, in June 2008. He staged the crime scene to make it look like Puluc tried to rob Lynda Yancey, and claimed that he was forced to shoot Puluc in self-defense after Puluc killed Lynda.

Crime Victims Rights Week

Crime Victims Rights Week

April 18, 2013 – District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that his office will pay homage to those intimately affected by crime during the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“Those who have been hurt by the criminal actions of others are harmed in many ways, yet they are often some of the strongest people I’ve met. Our vigil aims to recognize their suffering and remember those who didn’t survive,” District Attorney Vic Reynolds said. “We are also pleased to open our office for people in the community we serve. This office belongs to them, after all.”

Kimberly B. McCoy, director of the Victim Witness Unit in the Cobb District Attorney’s Office, said,   “Victims of crime suffer emotional, financial, and physical trauma as a result of the crimes inflicted upon them. The least we can do as a society is stand up for victims’ rights, ensuring that victims are kept informed of, allowed to participate in, and advised of options surrounding the criminal justice process.”

Rapist receives 8 life sentences

Rapist receives 8 life sentences

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man has been sentenced to eight life sentences plus 135 years in prison for raping or trying to rape five women.

Gary Mincey's sentence was handed down Tuesday in DeKalb County Superior Court. He was found guilty of stalking and attacking women outside a Publix and two other businesses in 2011.

"These women's lives have forever been changed by the heinous acts of a serial rapist. We hope this guilty verdict and sentence will bring some form of relief to each one of our victims and loved ones," DeKalb County Chief Assistant D.A. Nicole Marchand Golden said in a statement.

"Mincey will never live another day as a free man because of the jury's verdict and today's sentence," Golden added. "There is a monster who no longer roams the streets of DeKalb County."

Lilburn police searching for smash-and-grab suspect

Lilburn police searching for smash-and-grab suspect

LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn police are looking for a man accused of stealing lottery tickets during a recent smash-and-grab.

The suspect is accused of taking the scratch-off tickets from the Texaco on Lawrenceville Highway on Mar. 14.

Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley said the suspect cashed in the tickets at gas stations in Decatur.

The same suspect is accused of another smash-and-grab attempt at the Shell station on Lawrenceville Highway on Feb. 15. Hedley said nothing was stolen in that incident.

Surveillance cameras at the Texaco captured images of the suspect, described as a tall, dark-skinned black man with a shaved head. He drove a small white four-door sedan with no hubcaps, and with a front quarter panel painted black or gray.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Lilburn police at 770-638-2220.

DeKalb man found guilty of trafficking children

DeKalb man found guilty of trafficking children

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man faces more than 200 years in prison after being found guilty of human trafficking.

Darryl Curry will be sentenced Mar. 26. A DeKalb County jury found him guilty Monday of 13 felony counts, including trafficking, pimping and sexual exploitation of children.

"(Curry) is a monster who preyed upon young and impressionable girls for his own personal and financial gain," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said in a statement.

Police began investigating Curry in October 2011, when one of his victims called them. Investigators eventually found a second victim and uncovered evidence against Curry, including videos of him instructing others on how to become pimps and get rich by exploiting women.

Police: Armed robbers targeting women in downtown Decatur

Police: Armed robbers targeting women in downtown Decatur

DECATUR, Ga. -- Decatur police are on alert.  And they are warning people who are downtown at night that armed robbers are on the prowl.

Four times between February 7 and March 15 in downtown Decatur, women were held up at gunpoint.

All four of the armed robberies took place at about the same time at night, between 8:45 and 9:15.

In each case the victims tell police that two men approached them, showed a gun, robbed them, then ran away.

Three of the victims were by themselves.

The other case involved two women who were walking together when the men robbed them.

The crime spree is reminding residents to sharpen their common sense, urban defense smarts.

Windows smashed at 4 Atlanta-area businesses

Windows smashed at 4 Atlanta-area businesses

ATLANTA -- At least four businesses were hit by possible smash-and-grab burglars early Wednesday.

Atlanta Police say two of the businesses are in a shopping center on Piedmont Avenue NE in Midtown. They include the Area 4 Salon and Rapid Sign Systems.

Two DeKalb County pharmacies were also hit -- the Walgreens at 2033 Candler Road and the Rite Aid at 4855 Flat Shoals Parkway.

In all four instances, someone smashed through windows and glass doors. Both pharmacies had their drive-thru windows broken.

Police do not know if the suspects actually went inside the businesses and took anything.