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Trial begins for men accused of killing Army Reservist

ATLANTA -- Two suspects accused of gunning down an Army Reservist the day after Christmas will go on trial this week.

Zion Wainwright, 15, and Qutravius Palmer, 24, have been charged with murder, felony murder and aggravated assault in the Dec. 26, 2013 shooting death of 21-year-old Xavier Arnold.

Prosecutors said Arnold, his girlfriend and their friend Ibrahim Sanusi were walking along a bike trail near Rogers Street in Atlanta's Kirkwood neighborhood. Arnold, a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking pictures of some graffiti when he noticed two men following him.

One of the suspects pulled out a gun and demanded the victims' belongings. Arnold struggled with the suspects and was shot in the back of the head. Sanusi was shot in the leg. A neighbor heard the gunshots and called 911. Arnold was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Woman shot while trying to see person she met online

ATLANTA -- A woman was robbed and shot while arriving at a northeast Atlanta apartment complex to see someone she met on a dating website.

It happened shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday at the Edgewood Court Apartments in the 1500 block of Hardee Street.

Atlanta Police Capt. Terrell Griffin said the victim was accosted by two suspects outside Building 8. They robbed her at gunpoint, then told her she could leave. As the victim drove away, the suspects fired a weapon at her car, striking her twice.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Griffin said police have not yet identified the suspects, but are following up on several leads and checking the victim's interactions on the dating site.

Details revealed of woman's murder during DeKalb County crime spree

Details revealed of woman's murder during DeKalb County crime spree

DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – More information is emerging about the incident that killed a DeKalb County woman. She was the victim of a crime spree that began in Henry County and ended in southeast Atlanta.


3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DeKalb solicitor-general to honor crime victims

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston will honor and remember local crime victims during Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Boston will hold a public event on Tuesday, Apr. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square in Decatur. Two crime victims -- Charmagne Helton and Nichole Villafane -- will also be in attendance and will share their stories of survival.

For seven weeks, Helton and her two young children lived in a shelter after escaping their abusive husband and father.

"Being a victim of violence is a horrible thing, but it isn't the end of the story," Helton said. "With the right support, victims can become victors."

Villafane's 21-year-old son, Xavier "X" Arnold, was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. X, who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, was taking photographs of graffiti on Kirkwood warehouses when he was killed. The suspect was only 14 years old.

Video shows men stealing catalytic converter

ATLANTA – Authorities are seeking to identify two men seen stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle in Atlanta.

According to Atlanta police, the theft happened just before 2 a.m. on March 31 at 1963 Hosea Williams Drive.

Video appears to show two men walking in a parking lot and then using a saw to remove the catalytic converter from a vehicle.

The suspects are believed to have been driving a white minivan. Anyone with information on their identities is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).