Community News

District Attorney, Bill Doupé, and Assistant District Attorney, Tony Howard, meet with state lawmakers to discuss gang violence prevention

By TCDA

Reported by Renetta DuBose of WJBF

“AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A committee of state lawmakers and other leaders spent time in Augusta learning ways to help prevent the rising rate of gangs and youth violence.

This work could help the state curb the draw to kids wanting to affiliate with gangs.

House Resolution 585 created the committee to prevent gang and youth violence.… Read More

Ivie to serve life sentence for murder

By TCDA

Reported by Linda Green of The McDuffie Progress

“A McDuffie County Superior Court jury issued a guilty verdict against Brenda Kaye Ivie in the 2012 murder of her husband Ronald A. Willoughby.

Ivie, 63, also known as Kaye Ivie Willoughby, was found guilty of felony murder following a five-day trial that began Sept. 16.  Willoughby, who is a resident of Loganville, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Thomas “Britt” Hammond to life in prison for the Nov.… Read More

Normandia sworn in as ADA for Toombs Judicial Circuit

By TCDA

Reported by The Lincoln Journal

“Steven Tyler Normandia will serve as a new Assistant District Attorney for the Toombs Judicial Circuit after being sworn in by Judge Thomas “Britt” Hammond on Monday, June 3.

Normandia grew up in Haber­sham County and attended Geor­gia Southern University where he earned his B.A. in Political Science in 2014. He then attended the Uni­versity of Georgia School of Law where he obtained his J.D.… Read More

Grand Jury indicts Spee-Dee shooters

By TCDA

Reported by Linda Green of The McDuffie Progress

“The shooters and victim in the shooting incident at Spee-Dee Foods last June have been indicted by a McDuffie County Grand Jury for violation of the street gang terrorism act and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

D’Alviune D. Burnett, of Thomson, Aundra D.… Read More

Atkins sentenced to life in shooting death of Brian Parks

By TCDA

Reported by Linda Green of The McDuffie Progress

“A Thomson man has been found guilty of felony murder in the 2016 shooting death of Brian Parks that occurred at a Thomson apartment complex and was sentenced to life plus five years in prison.

On Sept. 19, at 11:27 a.m., a McDuffie County Superior Court Jury returned the guilty verdict against Brian Atkins Jr., 19, for murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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Tarver found guilty of malice murder

By TCDA

Reported by Linda Green of The McDuffie Progress

“On Sept. 12, twelve jurors found Ricquavious Tarver guilty in the murder of Roosevelt Demmons.

The jurors deliberated for one hour and 45 minutes and reached the guilty verdict. Superior Court judge Harold Hinesley sentenced Tarver to life plus five years with the possibility for parole. Tarver has to serve a minimum of 30 years in confinement before the possibility of parole….”

Full article from September 12, 2018, can be found on The McDuffie Progress website at:

https://www.mcduffieprogress.com/news/tarver-found-guilty-of-malice-murder

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Law Enforcement Warns of Jury Duty Scam

By TCDA

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is alerting area residents of a scam occurring involving payment to avoid receiving a warrant for failing to appear for jury duty.

The sheriff’s office said jury trials in Warren County are April 9-13 and the scammer most likely read about it in the paper. “The scammer probably saw that in the newspaper and took advantage of it,” Purvis said.

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Warren County Murder Conviction Affirmed

By TCDA

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the 2015 domestic violence murder conviction of a Warren County man on Monday, March 6, and the Court’s decision that was based on a new evidence code could have great implications for prosecutors in trying future domestic violence murder cases.

The Supreme Court affirmed the Oct. 9, 2015, trial court’s verdict in finding John Alan Jacobs guilty of murdering his wife, Harriette Jacobs, 53, on Oct.… Read More

Moss Sentenced to 20 Years for Voluntary Manslaughter

By TCDA

The Thomson teen who was 15 years old when he stabbed and killed a man in 2015 has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

It took a McDuffie County Superior Court jury 90 minutes to find Travtavious Quimaine Moss, now 18, guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the April 22, 2015, stabbing death of Laterrence Burley, then 22, of Warrenton.… Read More

Left to right: Bill Doupe, Mike Carlson, Vic Reynolds, Jared Land, Bobby Christine, Shea Bunch and Jimmy Talkington

District Attorney Attends Gang Conference

By TCDA

In February of 2018, District Attorney Bill Doupe attended Gang Conference training in Atlanta learning how to investigate and prosecute those who threaten our youth, our schools, our streets and our communities through gang motivated crimes. Shea Bunch and Jimmy Talkington also attended, along with Jared Land of the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office.  We are proud to stand with our US Attorney Bobby Christine, Cobb DA Vic Reynolds and Cobb ADA Mike Carlson.Read More