Man pleads guilty to murder over PlayStation

•COLUMBUS - A 29-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing a friend in a dispute over how to use a PlayStation video game console.

Arthur Demaurice Priestly pleaded guilty to murder Monday in Muscogee County Superior Court in the killing of his friend, James Edwards Jr.

Judge Bobby Peters had rejected Priestly's bid to plead guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Edwards, 24, was shot to death on March 20 at Priestly's house. The two men were drinking heavily during a barbecue when they got into an argument about whether music should be played in Priestly's PlayStation.

Edwards died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. The two men were friends and met while working together at a foundry and machine shop.

Four boys, three adults exposed to rabid bat

•CANTON- Four boys and three adults are being treated after being exposed to a rabid bat in Cherokee County.

The boys, ages 10 and 11, found a bat stuck in mud on the bank of a creek in woods near Canton last week, Curtis Barnhart of the Cherokee County Health Department said.

He says the bat bit one boy on the finger and another on the toe.

All four boys handled the dying bat and carried it home April 24, Barnhart said. Three adults were exposed to the bat before turning it over to the health department.

Tests confirmed on April 26 that the bat had rabies.

Barnhart said all seven are being treated with a series of five shots over the next 28 days. Barnhart warned people to leave wild animals alone.

- From wire reports