Columbus man pleads not guilty in death of wife

COLUMBUS - A 31-year-old Columbus man has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of his pregnant wife.

Zyderrious Platt entered the plea Friday. He faces one count each of murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and feticide in the death of 26-year-old Jilani Platt.

At a hearing Friday, police Detective Vincent Sampson said Platt choked his wife until she was unconscious and then fatally shot her in the head after an argument over rent money.

Sampson said Platt was interviewed several times after his wife didn't show up at a football game on Oct. 3.

Athens couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

ATHENS - Police say an Athens couple whose bodies were discovered by their 9-year-old son died in an apparent murder-suicide.

Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said the boy found his parents bodies in a room of their home around 6 p.m. Friday and called 911.

Police did not immediately release the couple's names or how they died. Holeman said their bodies were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsies.

Holeman said Friday was a holiday for students in the Clarke County School District, but it wasn't clear whether the couple's son was home at the time of their deaths.

Bar owners accused of forcing sex

ATLANTA - A federal lawsuit has been filed against the owners of three metro Atlanta sports bars alleging the men forced five waitresses to have sex with them or lose their jobs.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit against Alfonzo and Luis Nunez on Sept. 28. It claims they violated the waitresses' civil rights by committing 'repeated acts of verbal and physical harassment which resulted in a hostile environment based on sex.'

The two men run Calua Grill in Tucker, La Pantera Rosa restaurants in Duluth and Marietta.

They did not return a telephone call to their offices seeking comment Friday.

The incidents detailed in the suit allegedly happened over several months in 2007 and 2008. The waitresses resigned as a result.