Saturday, June 3, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Man acquitted in fatal fishing tournament crash
•DAYTON, Tenn. - Jurors deliberated less than an hour before acquitting a man charged in a fishing tournament boating death in a trial where both the prosecution and defense used computer evidence paid for by the victim's father.
Charles N. Kilpatrick was found not guilty Friday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the December 2001 death of Matt Goins, 31, during a Tennessee River bass fishing tournament.
Several fishermen who testified Thursday contradicted the $47,000 computer animation simulating the accident and paid for by the victim's father after two grand juries refused to charge Kilpatrick. The indictment came after a third grand jury saw the animation.
Man told to pay for legislative favors in sting
•MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A top informant in an FBI extortion sting that arrested five current or former state lawmakers testified Friday he was told he would have to pay for legislative favors from a senator.
Tim Willis, who helped the government make numerous audio and video recordings of defendants in the operation called Tennessee Waltz, said he got that financial advice from Barry Myers, an aide to former Sen. Roscoe Dixon.
''Basically he told me - to keep it short - if you want to get in this game, you're going to have to pay,'' Willis told jurors.
- From wire reports