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Trial date set for murder suspects

Deion Smith
Jasmine Moore
Tyberious Murchinson
When the April 18 week of criminal court begins at the Bacon County Courthouse case docket will include the trial of the two men accused in the murder of Jasmine Moore in 2009.
The investigation of 15-year-old murder had been ongoing for almost to five years before Deion Smith and Tyberious Murchinson were arrested and charged.
“I’m not sure at what point the trial will begin that week,” said Bacon County Superior Court Clerk Sherry Tillman. “But I know it will be a priority case.”
The Alma Police Dept. received new information regarding the murder after it was contacted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Saturday, June 7.
As a result of the new information, Alma Police Dept. investigators were able to obtain arrest warrants for Murchinson, 22, and Smith, 22. Both were 17 at the time of the murder. Both have were charged with murder.
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Byrd indicted by Grand Jury

Danny Byrd of Nicholls has been indicted by the 2016 Bacon County Grand Jury on two separate counts in reference to the automobile accident that took the life of Jamie Holden.
He has been indicted for Ct. 1: Homicide by Vehicle, 1st Degree and Ct. 2 DUI, drugs.
Reports state that a blood test revealed him legally DUI under GA Code because of the amount of amphetamines and meth amphetamines in his system.
Byrd was the driver of the 2011 Red Dodge Ram that crossed into Holden’s lane and hit the Toyota head on, Georgia State reports state.
“It looks like she tried to avoid the crash by trying to get off the road,” one person on the scene immediately after the crash said. “But looking at the scene it was just too late.”
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Sweat Receives Certificate of Distinction

Alma Councilmember Jerry Sweat received the prestigious Certificate of Distinction from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta on January 24.
The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Distinction a city official must complete a minimum of 204 units of credit, including at least 72 hours from the required list and the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute. The training program consists of a series of more than 50 courses.
The Certificate of Distinction is the highest level of training certification the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute offers. Sweat was one of 15 city officials to receive the Certificate of Distinction at Mayors’ Day.
“This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “We commend Councilmember Sweat for this accomplishment and for the dedication he’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its over 500 member cities.

GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton and Councilmember Jerry Sweat at Mayors Day.  This is the first councilmember in the history of Alma that has earned his 204 units credits in his first four years.