Man is charged in hotel slayings: In Tennessee:
A man was stopped by a Shelby County Deputy east of Memphis for driving
12 mph over the speed limit and soon found himself charged with four Atlanta-area
murders. Atlanta Police said murder warrants were drawn up Saturday
afternoon and served on a man early Sunday, as he sat in a jail cell at
the Shelby County Justice Center in downtown Memphis. He was charged
with the murders of three men in the Atlanta Hilton and Towers and another
man at a College Park Days Inn. Please
view the families appreciation to Sgt. David L. Edmonds (Click Here).
As stated in the paper, a weapon was recovered, a .45 caliber handgun
and various pieces of identification belonging to several people including
the three men that were killed at the Hilton Hotel, the man at the College
Park Days Inn and also from a lady that was robbed while staying at the
North Atlanta Hilton. The man was extradited to Atlanta.
Headlines from the newspaper on November 3, 1998:
Atlanta hotel slayings suspect avoided jail for years. The man
suspected in four slayings at Atlanta area hotels in October, including
the triple killings at a Hilton hotel downtown, should have been in prison
at the time of those killings instead of on the streets, according to state
law, the state's former attorney general said. The man in 1995
was sentenced to 10 years' probation for aggravated sodomy and aggravated
assault. According to the "two strikes" law, on the first conviction
of one of the six most serious crimes, judges must sentence the offender
to at least 10 years in prison. There is no parole regardless of
the length of the sentence. On the second conviction for those six
crimes plus murder, the minimum sentence is life without parole.
Yet a deal was struck for 10 years probation instead of the 10 years in
Sometimes the system just stinks. If this man had not been put
on probation 4 people would still be enjoying their lives with their families.
What good are laws if our own legal officials are not following the laws.
As the District Attorney stated in the newspapers, "The results of a bad
system are going to be bad and, in this case, tragic. I am thankful
that there are good watchful law enforcement people, such as the Sheriff's
Deputy that stopped this man, that are there doing their jobs
and trying to get the bad people off the streets.
Ps:55:23: But thou, O God, shalt bring them down
into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out
half their days; but I will trust in thee.
The man that was arrested for killing my son and three other men was
indicted on 32 charges. He was indicted on four counts of murder;
12 counts of felony murder, which applies when someone is killed during
the commission of a felony; eight counts of aggravated assault; four counts
of armed robbery and four weapons charges.
Atlanta, Ga. 09/02/99: The suspect charged with four Hotel murders
last year in the Atlanta area has been arraigned on 32 charges which included
muder, aggravated assault and armed robbery.
The suspect, Timothy Carl Dawson is being held without bond at the Fulton
County Jail in Atlanta.
Dawsons attorneys filed 94 motions on Dawsons behalf. State Attorneys
stated it may take as long as a year to answer all the motions. Pre-trial
motion hearings are scheduled for October 15 of this year but the trial
may be as late as next fall or later.
The District Attorney tells us it will probably be between a year to
two years before this man is brought to trial. It has been announced
that they will go for the death penalty. All I know is my son was
a good son that never did anyone any harm. He lived by the rules
and tried to do what was right.
Ps:94:13: That thou (Lord) mayest give him rest
from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
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