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Gwinnett man's 2008 murder conviction overturned

Gwinnett man's 2008 murder conviction overturned

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A man found guilty of murder in 2008 has had his conviction overturned by double jeopardy.

Christopher Roesser was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of shooting Keith Price to death during a botched drug deal in December 2006.

Roesser was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and a weapons charge. He filed a motion for a new trial and was granted one after a court found his original jury had been given erroneous instructions.

At the second trial, Roesser was acquitted of all charges except voluntary manslaughter, as the jury could not reach a verdict. The court declared a mistrial.

Roesser's attorney argued retrying him on the voluntary manslaughter count would violate the Constitution's ban on double jeopardy. Monday, the Supreme Court of Georgia wrote an opinion agreeing with the attorney.

Gwinnett teen arrested for rape, kidnapping

Gwinnett teen arrested for rape, kidnapping

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A 19-year-old Lawrenceville man faces a number of charges related to a recent kidnapping and rape.

Emmanuel Brandon Dupree was arrested early Monday after police tracked down a car stolen during the crime.

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Dupree is accused of a kidnapping, rape and car theft that occurred Oct. 20. Police said the victim was attacked at knifepoint in the parking lot of the Walmart on Lawrenceville Highway. The suspect also stole her credit cards, which he used at a nearby Kroger, and her white 2008 Kia Optima.

The stolen car was discovered at around 1:30 a.m. Monday at a Days Inn on West Pike Street, according to Lawrenceville Police Capt. Greg Vaughn.

Suspect arrested in Gwinnett SWAT standoff

Suspect arrested in Gwinnett SWAT standoff

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- No one was injured during a SWAT standoff in Gwinnett County overnight.

The incident was first reported shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday at a house on Castle Drive in Lawrenceville.

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Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said police first received a call about a man firing a gun around the house. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, 38-year-old Russell Fowler, refused to leave the home and talk to them.

A SWAT team was called in to try to arrest Fowler.

There were other people inside the home before police arrived but they all escaped unharmed, Ritter said.

SWAT members made their way into the house shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, but the suspect was not there. He returned home at around 7:15 a.m. and was arrested.

Gwinnett homicide rate doubles over the weekend

Gwinnett homicide rate doubles over the weekend

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga -- Gwinnett County Police were on a pace this year to have one of the lowest homicide rates in recent history. Through nearly seven months of this year there were only three homicides in the county. That changed this weekend when the number was more than doubled in a 48 hour period.

Murders are the hardest crime for police to prevent. That's because it is usually a crime of passion. "Things like burglary we can put a bunch of vehicles in a neighborhood to discourage burglars," Corporal Jake Smith said. "Murders are a lot more difficult to police preventively."

In 2012 there were 30 homicides in Gwinnett County. Through nearly seven months in 2013 there were only three. The county was on a pace for only six homicides, but that changed this past weekend with four homicides in less than 48 hours.

Mississippi fugitive arrested in suburban Atlanta

Mississippi fugitive arrested in suburban Atlanta

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Marshals say they've arrested a Mississippi fugitive in suburban Atlanta.

Marshals' spokesman Gavin Duffy says authorities found Cedric Ratliff trying to leave the parking lot of a Days Inn in Stone Mountain on Friday.

Officials say Ratliff was wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a probation violation. Duffy says Ratliff was out on bond after being arrested in a July 2012 slaying and another arrest in July 2013 on narcotics charges.

Duffy says authorities found an undisclosed amount of cocaine and marijuana on Ratliff when he was taken into custody. He's being held in the Gwinnett County jail.

Duffy says he'll face drug charges in Georgia and will be extradited to Mississippi.

It was unclear if Ratliff had an attorney.

Lawrenceville man charged in Fla. kidnapping

Lawrenceville man charged in Fla. kidnapping

JACKSON, Miss. -- Two men are in custody facing federal charges linked to the alleged kidnapping of a woman who walked into a Mississippi police station saying she had been abducted in Florida.

The FBI filed charges Tuesday against 57-year-old Ruperto Moncillo Flores and 31-year-old Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco, also known as Uriel Castillo-Ochoa.

Flores, of Lawrenceville, is charged with violating the federal Mann Act, which prohibits the transporting of any person in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent that such person engage in prostitution or any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.

Feliciano-Francisco, of Hattiesburg, Miss., is charged with kidnapping.

Both are being held without bond.

Parapro arrested for having sex with special needs student

Parapro arrested for having sex with special needs student

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A female paraprofessional at Special Needs School of Gwinnett was arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old student.

Kari Lynn Bryan, 38, was arrested May 17 on a sexual assault charge. She was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $5,700 bond.

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The victim told police he had sex with Bryan about 20 times at her home in unincorporated Lawrenceville, according to a police report.

Bryan reportedly admitted to her relationship with the teen.