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Court records: Slain doctor from Kathleen was lured by sex encounter

Court records: Slain doctor from Kathleen was lured by sex encounter

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Court records state that a surgeon found dead in an east Georgia creek was lured to Augusta for a sexual encounter.

An affidavit used to obtain a search warrant says that Dr. Charles Mann III and the man suspected of killing him had exchanged online messages about sex before Mann traveled to Augusta last month. The Augusta Chronicle reported on the court records Tuesday.

Houston Co. Investigates Two Jail Smuggling Cases

Two men and one woman were arrested on multiple felony charges after Houston County detention officers say they found narcotics within a letter meant for a detainee.

That's the second instance of substance smuggling at the Houston County Sheriff's Office Detention Center in less than a week.

Ashley Mock of Perry, Jered McCain of Fort Valley and James Tolbert of Warner Robins were arrested Tuesday, according to a release.

McCain was already in jail on charges related to Financial Card Fraud and Violation of Probation Superior Court.

The three are now being held without bond at the jail.

Last Friday, two men were accused of attempting to smuggle prescription drugs into Houston County's detention center, according to a release.

A detention officer found a substance in a letter sent to Sonny Bennett of Macon. He was already being held on charges for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana as well as a state warrant for bail jumping.

Houston Sheriff: Killings Were 'Execution-Type'

The Houston County sheriff's department says an Aug. 18 double murder was a drug-related "execution-type" killing.

Three men are charged in connection with the killings. Two women are also accused of cleaning up the murder scene and disposing of evidence.

A news release from the sheriff's department says the murders of Ruben Miranda and Shaland McConnell were "planned and premeditated" by three suspects.

The three --19-year-old Thomas A. Kelley of Byron, 21-year-old Coleman L. Crouch of Warner Robins and 20-year-old Justice B. Evans of Macon -- are in the Houston County jail.

Kelley is charged with two counts of murder; Evans with one count of murder, one count of tampering with evidence and two counts of concealing a death; Crouch is charged with one count of tampering with evidence, two counts of concealing a death and two counts of being party to murder.

According to the news release:

Nine Charged with Pimping, Prostitution in Perry Sting

Perry police say they arrested four prostitutes and five suspected pimps at Central Georgia hotels Wednesday.

They say the arrests came out of a sting aimed at finding victims of human trafficking, juvenile prostitutes and their pimps.

During the sting, Perry police, Macon and Atlanta FBI offices, Georgia Department of Corrections and Sandy Springs Police Department worked together.

They say they didn't find any minors involved. Instead, officials found four adult females and five males at Perry-area hotels.

Scott Mander, 39, Rodney Cooper, Jr., 26,William Redford, 30, Daniel Washburn, 29, all of Macon, and William Rowell, 54, of Warner Robins were charged with pimping.

Amanda Hulsey, 20, of Warner Robins, Kelly Roberts, 43, also from Warner Robins, Kristy Ussery, 22, of Macon and Judith Hammock of Lizella were all charged with prostitution.

All eight were being held Thursday in the Houston County jail.

Three Men Charged With Burglaries in Perry, Peach Co.

A disabled pickup in a ditch Friday morning turned into a foot chase and three burglary arrests.

That's according to Perry police captain Heath Dykes.

Dykes says it all started around 4 a.m. when a Peach County officer stopped to help a driver whose pickup was stuck in the ditch on Highway 96.

He noticed cartons of cigars and cigarettes inside.

Officers also found trash bags of goods dumped nearby and noticed several sets of shoes in the truck.

A little later, Dykes said, a woman in a Peach County subdivision reported two other men running across her lawn.

They were caught in some woods nearby after several agencies and State Police choppers joined the search.

He said the three suspects are accused of two store burglaries over night : the Speedy convenience store on Houston Lake Road in Perry and the Highway Haven on Highway 41 in Peach County.

Judge Rejects Defense Motions in Holt Murder Case

A judge says the trial of murder suspect Russell Holt will take place in Houston County after all.

Judge Tilman Self on Friday ruled on two motions filed by Holt's lawyer and rejected both.

Holt is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, Jessica Wolf, to death last year.

Self also declined to throw out videotaped statements that Holt made to himself during an interrogation on March 18, 2012.

Holt's lawyer, Franklin Hogue, argued that Holt had asked 14 times to have a lawyer present, but investigators continued to question him anyway.

Generally, police must stop questioning a witness if they ask to have a lawyer present, and any statements they make after that may not be used during a trial.

According to Self's ruling, prosecutors have agreed not to use any statements that Holt made to investigators after he asked for a lawyer. But they can use statements that he "mumbled" to himself after police left the room.

Holt's Lawyer Asks Judge to Move Trial

The lawyer for a former probation officer accused of killing his girlfriend wants his case tried outside Houston County.

Russell Holt's attorney made the request this morning in a motion hearing in Houston County superior court.

Holt is accused of shooting 27-year-old Jessica Wolfe to death last year.

Today, defense lawyer Franklin Hogue and prosecutors are discussing issues in the case. They include Hogue's argument that Holt can't get a fair trial in Central Georgia due to publicity in the case.

So far, Judge Tillman Self has not ruled on that motion.

Hogue also asked the judge to throw out all of Holt's statements to law enforcement about the case. He said police violated Holt's Fifth Amendment rights because he repeatedly asked to have a lawyer present.

Jennifer Moulliet is in the courtroom and will have more on the case on Eyewitness News at 5 and 6 p.m.