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Cobb jury convicts driver in crash that killed Smyrna officer

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MDJ  Script/ Top Stories for May 27th Saturday

Publish Date: May 26 Friday


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From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast

   Today is Saturday May the 27th and happy 87th birthday to actor Louis Gossett Jr.


I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the top stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia

  1. Cobb jury convicts driver in crash that killed Smyrna officer
  2. Family relieved after former Cobb lawyer gets life for killing mother
  3. And the Cobb DA won’t retry Justin Ross Harris for murder


of the USDA will have thoughts on that same topic.

All of this and more is coming up on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast.


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STORY 1 convicts:



A jury in Cobb County has convicted a Buford man, Robert Lorenzo Cox, on charges of vehicular homicide and other related offenses for a 2020 car crash that resulted in the death of Smyrna Police Officer Christopher Ewing. Cox was found guilty of first-degree vehicular homicide, failure to yield, open container, and tampering with evidence. The crash occurred when Cox's vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, failed to yield and made a left turn in front of Officer Ewing's police cruiser while he was conducting a traffic stop. Officer Ewing was fatally injured in the collision. Authorities determined that Cox was under the influence of alcohol at the time. Jurors heard witness testimonies and reviewed dash camera footage during the trial. Cox, who had been released on bond, was taken into custody after the verdict. Sentencing is scheduled for next month.




Story 2: relieved


The family of disbarred lawyer Richard Merritt expressed relief with the sentence he received this week. Merritt, who was on the run for eight months, has been sentenced to life in prison plus 5 years for the murder of his mother, Shirley Merritt. A DeKalb County jury found him guilty of murder, aggravated assault, and possessing a weapon during the commission of a crime. Richard Merritt had previously pleaded guilty to stealing settlement money from his clients and was due to serve a 15-year sentence. However, he cut off his ankle monitor and became a fugitive. The court was shocked by his violent act, especially considering his mother had supported him during the trial. The Merritt family welcomed the verdict and felt the punishment was appropriate for his actions.




Story 3:


The Cobb County District Attorney's Office has announced that it will not retry Justin Ross Harris for murder after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court. Harris will continue to serve a 12-year sentence for sex offense convictions related to an affair with a minor. The murder conviction was overturned due to the wrongful use of evidence of Harris' extramarital affairs. The DA's Office cited the unavailability of crucial motive evidence in their decision not to retry him. Harris' attorneys maintained that the death of his son, Cooper Harris, was an accident, and the dismissal of charges confirms it was unintentional......we'll have more in a moment.


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STORY 4: replaces


 Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens has appointed David Jones as his new chief of staff following the arrest of former chief of staff, Maj. Braxton Cotton, on insurance fraud charges. Cotton has been reassigned to the Adult Detention Center Division, and an internal investigation is ongoing. Jones, a civilian, will oversee various divisions, including communications, community affairs, information technology, and project management. He brings extensive executive experience and holds degrees in management and global business. Jones will begin his role on May 28, and Sheriff Owens expressed enthusiasm for his appointment, highlighting Jones' skills and understanding of the department's goals.  .....get more on this story at MDJonline.com




STORY 5: exhibit

The Mountain View Regional Library in Marietta is hosting the Georgia's Response to the Holocaust: Survivors and Liberators Exhibit until June 26. Presented by the Georgia Holocaust Commission in collaboration with Georgia Public Library Service, this banner exhibit highlights the courageous stories of Holocaust survivors and liberators who either were or became citizens of Georgia. To further explore the legacy of Georgians and their connections to the Holocaust, a special event will be held on June 21 at 2 p.m. The event, featuring guest speakers from the Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education, will delve into the history of the Holocaust and the experiences of survivors and other Georgians during World War II. The event is open to individuals aged 18 and above. For more info on the event and how to register, check out mdjonline.com




Story 6: cruise



The Kennesaw Police Department is organizing the first Annual Cruise-In Car Show on June 3 at Kennesaw First Baptist Church in Kennesaw. The event aims to raise funds for Special Olympics Georgia, specifically to support the travel and participation of Special Olympics athletes in their Games. The Main Street Cruise-In invites car enthusiasts to showcase their vehicles, enjoy music, and savor coffee. While there is no registration fee, participants are required to register their cars. All types of vehicles are welcome to join this charitable event. Check the Kennesaw Police Website for details on registering a car in the event…back in a moment


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Story 7:  ksu


Former Georgia basketball guard Jusaun Holt has announced his commitment to play for Kennesaw State. Holt, a 6-foot-7 guard, had an average of 3.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game during the 2022-23 season. He will be joining Kennesaw State after previously playing for Alabama and Georgia. Holt will reunite with coach Antoine Pettway, who was part of Alabama's coaching staff when Holt played for the Crimson Tide. Kennesaw State is coming off their first ASUN Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Holt's addition will help fill the void left by several transferring players from Kennesaw State.



Story 8: waller


New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and tight end Darren Waller are developing a strong connection during their offseason training. Waller's impressive athleticism and route-running abilities have caught Jones' attention, making him an attractive target. Jones appreciates Waller's size, speed, and versatility. Waller also admires Jones' leadership qualities and work ethic. Jones has organized extra throwing sessions for his teammates, showcasing his dedication to improvement. The success of this quarterback-tight end tandem will greatly impact the Giants' performance in the upcoming season. Both players have been making plays during practice, with Waller showcasing his leaping ability and making impressive catches. Waller is a North Cobb alum who began his pro career with the Baltimore Ravens and really blossomed with the Raiders.


We’ll have closing thoughts in a moment


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