News Minute: Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
MACON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia prosecutors have issued seven arrest warrants in a prostitution case linked to Fort Valley State University. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports prosecutors said Friday that warrants were issued earlier this week for former FVSU executive assistant to the president Alecia Johnson and six men. It's unclear if students were involved. Officials announced in April they were investigating sexual misconduct and hazing at Fort Valley, about 30 miles south of Macon.
COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is stressing the importance of judicial neutrality as public opinion galvanizes around opposing sides in high-profile cases. Thomas spoke Friday in Georgia as part of a ceremony to dedicate an addition to a county courthouse. He said there is often a drive to push a particular narrative with little regard for an objective assessment of the facts. Judges, he said, must resist the temptation to fit in with that narrative.
ATLANTA (AP) - A man who kidnapped and raped at least two women while posing as an Uber driver has been sentenced to life in prison plus 60 years. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shukura Ingram Millender sentenced 33-year-old Gabriel Rendon-Villasana for rape, sexual battery and aggravated assault with intent to rape. Villasana was charged after a DNA match tied him to two assaults that occurred in June and October 2015 in the Atlanta area.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says police were involved in three shootings within 24 hours and mortally wounded two men. News outlets report the shootings happened Thursday. The bureau tweeted Monroe police fatally shot 63-year-old Mahlon Edward Summerour, the State Patrol killed 27-year-old Kenneth Martin Anderson and Richland police exchanged gunfire with 30-year-old Davion Omar Watson during a car chase. Watson suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening.
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