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Man Sentenced to Life in 1995 Warner Robins Killing

A Houston County judge on Friday sentenced a man to life in prison for a 16-year-old murder solved by DNA evidence.

A news release from the Houston County District Attorney's office says 45-year-old Ronald Free pleaded guilty Friday to murder in the 1995 killing of Carol Johnson of Warner Robins.

Prosecutors say Free repeatedly stabbed the 34-year-old woman after she interrupted a house burglary, and she bled throughout the home.

The Houston DA's office says the case was not solved for nearly 12 years.

In 2007, investigators matched blood found near a broken window in the North Avenue home to Free's DNA.

He admitted breaking into the home, the release says.

Free also pleaded guilty to burglary, and Judge George Nunn sentenced him to life, with possible parole.

Houston County Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin

Houston County Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin

WARNER ROBINS, GA.--A Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin is set for the old Winn-Dixie parking lot on Hwy 96 across from Kroger.

That's on March 31st at 9 a.m.

Attendees are asked to wear a hoodie, bring a can of Arizona Ice Tea and a pack of Skittles.

Suspected Shoplifter Tackled in Warner Robins Walmart

Police tackled a man in a Warner Robins Walmart Monday.

Tabitha Pugh, spokesperson for Warner Robins Police Department, says 45-year-old David Andrews was stopped for suspected shoplifting Monday evening.

Loss prevention officers detained Andrews, but he tried to get away when police arrived.

Officers realized Andrews had a gun on him and tackled him in front of customer service.

But Andrews never threatened anyone with the gun.

Pugh says Andrews is charged with shoplifting, possession of a gun during a crime and obstruction.

Houston Man Guilty of Raping Teen

A Houston County man will go to prison for 14 years for raping a teenaged girl.

According to a news release from the district attorney's office, a Houston County jury on Wednesday found 27-year-old Jermaine Donte Tucker guilty of statutory rape.

He first contacted the 14-year-old victim through Facebook, then went to her home and attacked her when her mother was gone, the release says.

The victim described to jurors what happened.

Tucker admitted to having sex with the young girl, according to the DA's office.

He was sentenced to 20 years, 14 to be served in prison, followed by sex-offender probation. 

Tucker must also pay a $5,000 fine and is banished from Houston County.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Florida

Warner Robins police say a man who robbed a BB&T bank last week was arrested in Tampa, Florida.

On Saturday, police say a man walked into the bank and handed the teller a note. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money, and he left. No one was hurt.

A news release says the Tampa Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Christopher Leon Holt, after a tipster identified him as the suspect.

Houston County Murder Trial Starts

Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig says the trial of Trey Lorenz Dinkins started Monday.

Dinkins is accused of shooting and killing 19-year-old DaJohn Milton on Tabor Drive in Warner Robins in March of last year.

He faces charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and posession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

The Houston County Superior Court sentenced another suspect in the case, Marquis Torez Lowe, to life without parole plus five years. His trial wrapped up in February.

Warner Robins Murder Trial Begins

A trial began Monday for a man accused of a murder in Warner Robins in 2011.

Trey Lorenz Dinkins is accused of killing 19-year-old DaJohn Milton.  It happened on Tabor Drive, March 21, 2011.

Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig says Dinkins faces charges including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Bibler says a jury was picked Monday. They held opening statements and testimony began.  The testimony will continue Tuesday.