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Attorney to seek death penalty in Hoschton slaying
Auburn man accused of killing 2 kids, mom, grandmother

JEFFERSON - Henry Lee Stringer, the Auburn man accused of murdering his two children and the children's mother and grandmother, attended his first proceeding hearing Tuesday morning in the Jackson County Courthouse.

The hearing was held to allow District Attorney Richard Bridgeman to state his intention to seek the death penalty for Stringer.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted Stringer in June in the murders of J'Laine Strickland, 29, Strickland's children by Stringer, 4-year-old J'Majiuan Tysheim Stringer and 2-year-old J'Lasia Asiyne Stringer, and Strickland's mother, 67-year-old Evelyn Strickland.

Stringer is also charged with multiple counts of felony murder, malice murder, cruelty to children and arson.

Firefighters found the victims' bodies inside the family's Hoschton home on Ga. Highway 332 on May 31, 2006. Authorities determined the blaze had been set to conceal the murders.

A week after the deaths, Stringer was struck by a train in Buford while walking along the railroad tracks near Broadlawn Cemetery where the family is buried.

Stringer's arraignment, in which he will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, is set for 1 p.m. April 17 in the Jackson County Courthouse.