Georgia executes man who killed lawyer in 1984
JACKSON - A parolee who fatally stabbed a lawyer with whom he had a relationship and dismembered the victim's body after the murder was executed Tuesday.
Robert Conklin, 44, was given a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the March 26, 1984, murder of George Crooks, 28.
Conklin was pronounced dead at 7:44 p.m.
Minutes earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected two petitions for a stay of execution. It was Georgia's third execution this year.
Conklin had no final statement but did ask for a final prayer, after which he said ''Amen.''
Sheri Parker, a friend of his, sat in the second row of witnesses. When Conklin was strapped to the gurney and before the chemicals were administered, he said ''hello'' and smiled at her. She waved back.
Former GBI agent gets probation for falsifying papers
AMERICUS - A Superior Court judge ordered a former Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Tuesday to serve 10 years of probation for falsifying documents in order to close out case files.
Rufus Green, who was a supervising agent on joint state and local narcotics investigations in the Cordele area, also was fined $6,500 and instructed by Judge George Peagler to perform 500 hours of community service.
Green pleaded guilty in May to 25 counts of forgery, three counts of making false statements and one count of violation of oath of office.
The Attorney General's Office said that out of 56 cases, 25 files contained false or forged documents, including 11 arrest warrants and 13 crime lab reports, plus the phony signature of another GBI agent on a chain-of-custody form.
UGA papers show previous problem in journalism school
ATHENS - Documents released by the University of Georgia show employees at its journalism school had complained in the past about a tense work environment under then-Dean John Soloski.
Soloski, who had been dean since 2001, resigned from his position and was reprimanded by the school last month after a female employee complained that he sexually harassed her and retaliated against her for speaking out.
A university investigation found that Soloski's comments could have been interpreted as sexual advances and created a hostile work environment. But the findings by UGA's office of legal affairs last month did not indicate Soloski intended the comments as sexual.
The university's report cited comments Soloski made about former alumni relations director Janet Jones Kendall's dress at a university black-tie event. Soloski denies he sexually harassed Kendall and said he will appeal the university's findings.
Bus driver gets probation in child's death
MARIETTA - A Cobb County school bus driver who hit a 5-year-old student she had just dropped off pleaded guilty Tuesday to homicide in the child's death.
Laura P. Whitlock, 55, of Kennesaw, was sentenced to probation, 40 hours of community service, mandatory stress counseling and a $400 fine after pleading to second-degree vehicular homicide.
Romil Mehta was killed Nov. 11 on his way home from Addison Elementary School.
Whitlock told police she dropped the boy off and thought he had already crossed the street when she began driving away.
Whitlock, surrounded by members of her family, wept Tuesday as the charges were read.
No one from the Mehta family testified at the hearing before State Court Judge Maria B. Golick. A spokeswoman for the Mehtas said, ''they were still not prepared to deal with this in court.''
- From wire reports