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Man found guilty of beating wife to death

Man found guilty of beating wife to death

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A Smyrna man has been convicted on charges related to the beating death of his wife.

Derrick McLaurence Williams, 32, was sentenced to life in prison without parole last week in Cobb County Superior Court.

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He was found guilty of fatally beating and choking 33-year-old Finesse Dawson in the couple's Old Spring Road home on Dec. 5, 2012.

After killing his wife, Williams fled Georgia. He was arrested a week later on a Greyhound bus in Reno, Nev. Prosecutors said that at the time, he was on probation for domestic violence.

Firehouse Subs in Smyrna robbed

Firehouse Subs in Smyrna robbed

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Cobb County police are investigating a robbery at a Firehouse Subs restaurant in Smyrna.

The robbery happened at around 7:30 p.m. Monday at the location in the 4600 block of Camp Highland Road.

Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman said the suspect entered the restaurant and demanded money from the register. He ran after receiving cash.

Witnesses described the suspect as a white man, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing black sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana that covered his face. He was also armed with a knife.

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

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Family remains hospitalized after deadly Cobb County crash

Family remains hospitalized after deadly Cobb County crash

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Police have charged a 31-year-old man in connection with a DUI crash in Smyrna Saturday night that left an 8-month-old boy dead and five people hurt.

It happened just before 11 p.m. Saturday at Windy Hill Road and South Cobb Drive.

Smyrna Police said Darren Curry, 31, was driving west in an eastbound lane, in the 600 block of Windy Hill Road when he hit a taxi head-on, injuring the cab driver.

The impact was so severe, that police said the white Chevy Malibu driven by Curry and the green cab were fused together.

The driver of the car Curry hit, cab driver Jose Diaz, was not seriously injured, but a 3 year old in Curry's car suffered severe head trauma. All of the injured were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

3 convicted killers receive life without parole

3 convicted killers receive life without parole

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three men were found guilty last week of shooting a victim to death and dumping his body in Cobb County.

Jurors deliberated five hours before convicting 27-year-old Harvey "Rucks" Hogans of New York, 32-year-old Derek Lee Kemp of Marietta and 31-year-old Alphonso "JRock" Watkins of Marietta of a number of charges.

The defendants were sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Police believe Hogans pulled the trigger in this case. Kemp and Watkins both had prior felony convictions that required the life sentence.

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Prosecutors said that on July 1, 2011, the trio set up Derek George Gray Jr. for a robbery. The defendants then shot Gray in a Ford Taurus, which was later found burned in Union City, before discarding the body off Circle 75 Parkway.

Man sentenced for throwing dog over balcony

Man sentenced for throwing dog over balcony

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Smyrna man will spend three years in prison after being convicted of throwing his dog over a motel balcony.

Marcell Sibley pleaded guilty Friday to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals.

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He claimed he "just snapped" when he put his Yorkshire terrier, Diamond, in a crate and then threw the crate over the balcony of a Marietta motel last June 27. Diamond survived and now lives with a Florida family.

"Life was overwhelming for me," Sibley, 29, told the court. "It was my fault. (Diamond) didn't deserve that."

"I'm just really sorry, and I don't think going to jail will help me or my dog," Sibley added.

Suspect arrested in Cobb County cop shooting

Suspect arrested in Cobb County cop shooting

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have charged one man and are questioning two other people in the shooting of a Cobb County police officer.

The suspected shooter was found hiding a stairwell in a house just south of Interstate 285, about a mile from the scene. Two other people -- one man and one woman -- were detained and are being questioned by police.

The suspect, 36-year-old James Albert Phillips, was found after an all-out search with more than 100 officers by air and on the road. A team of patrol officers noticed something usual at one property and investigated, where they found the suspected shooter.

"The officers were just out doing a routine check, looking around as we normally do in this type of incident, and they came upon him," Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said. "I don't know whose home. It was not (the shooter's) home. At this point, we believe it may have been abandoned or closed. Nobody was home at that point."

2 indicted for shooting outside Smyrna restaurant

2 indicted for shooting outside Smyrna restaurant

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A man and woman have been indicted by a Cobb County Grand Jury in the shooting deaths of two people outside a restaurant last fall.

Isadore Walker Barboza, 44, of Marietta and Renee Elizabeth Harris, 24, of East Point have been charged in a robbery and shooting at Doc's Food & Spirits on Cumberland Boulevard in Smyrna.

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The shooting happened on Oct. 28. According to the indictment, Barboza, Harris and Quondre Bentley tried to rob Ebone Driskell and her friend outside the restaurant.

Driskell pulled out a gun and shot Bentley, who died. One of the suspects then fatally shot Driskell.

Barboza and Harris face charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and firearm possession. Both suspects are being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail.