Jury: Mary Higdon not guilty of murder in shooting death of Steven Freeman

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Mary Katherine Higdon, the woman charged with murder in the Aug. 1, 2018, shooting death of Steven Andrew Freeman, her boyfriend, has been acquitted of all charges. Higdon, who was facing a possible sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault […]

Two defendants bound over to stand trial in 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Frankie Gebhardt and William Moore Sr., the two men charged with the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins, were on Thursday morning bound over to stand trial in Spalding County Superior Court. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jared Coleman was the lone witness in the preliminary hearing held before Chief Spalding […]

D.A. says shooting case that resulted in hung jury will be retried

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of State of Georgia v. Hall, which resulted in a mistrial being declared. According to a statement made by the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, the jury deliberated “several hours” on Thursday and Friday. “Hall was charged with […]

Shane Collett sentenced for murder of nine-year-old Skylar Dials

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Shane Clifton Collett has been convicted on six charges including malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, first degree cruelty to children and concealing the death of another. The jury deliberated approximately one hour before announcing a verdict had been reached. Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson followed the sentencing […]

Collett murder trial underway in Spalding County Superior Court

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  The murder trial of Shane Clifton Collett, who stands accused of two counts of malice murder and one count each of felony murder, aggravated assault, first degree cruelty to children and concealing the death of another, in connection to the asphyxiation death of nine-year-old Skylar Dials on Dec. 21, 2012, is […]

Shane Collett murder trial underway

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The murder trial of Shane Clift Collett, who stands accused in the Dec. 21, 2012 murder of nine-year-old Skyler Dials, is underway in Spalding County Superior Court. The first panel of potential jurors is being questioned by Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard and George Weldon, Collett’s defense counsel. As […]