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John Williams Federal Trial Begins

Judge Rejects Delay for John Williams Trial

Former Warner Robins councilman John Williams' federal trial is scheduled to start Monday.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell rejected defense lawyers' request for a two-week delay.  

Williams is accused of using his position as a council member to profit on the city's purchase of a vehicle. He lost his bid for re-election last year.

His defense argued that Williams has been sick and needs two weeks' rest.

Treadwell ruled against the defense motion after he and prosecutors questioned Williams' doctor.

Dr. Anilkumar Pillai said he's been Williams' internist for the past 10 years. He said Williams was hospitalized for several days this month due to abdominal pains. He said the pains were caused by kidney failure and acute pancreatitis.

Even in the hospital, he said, Williams was on his computer, preparing for trial.

Sunrise Sessions: Colby Dee

After performing at the Cox Capitol Theater, rising country singer Colby Dee stopped by Weekend Mornin'.

Dee spent her early years in Warner Robins with a "southern" mom and a Canadian dad.

She discovered her love of both basketball and singing during her early years, but she chose basketball in high school. 

Dee attended high school at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, GA where she was a part of the national championship basketball program while superstar Maya Moore played there.

Dee's original plans were to continue playing basketball throughout college on a college scholarship, but had to put that dream aside at the end of her junior year after her 5th concussion.

She made the difficult decision to give up the competitive sport and pursue music.

Her first public performance came at the age of seven when she sang the national anthem at a professional hockey game.

Prep Scores for April 20th

Soccer

Veterans 4

Howard   2         F

 

Baseball

Howard 8

Mary Persons 7       F/11

Central Georgia Student Athletes Sign Scholarships

Hawkinsville

Earl Dupree - Baseball - Georgia Southwestern (Americus)

Westside (Macon)

Braxtyn Talton - Basketball - Chattahoochee Valley (Alabama)

Destyni Thomas - Basketball - LB Wallace Comm. Coll (Alabama)

Nekita Shelton - Basketball - Chattahoochee Tech (Marietta)

Northside (Warner Robins)

Chelsea Waters - Basketball - Southern Wesleyan (S.Carolina)

Wilcox County

DJ Lawson - Basketball - Albany Tech (Albany)

Shereba Montgomery - Basketball - Fort Valley State University

Milton Jackson - Football - Chattahoochee Tech (Marietta)

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John Williams Sick; Trial Could Be Delayed

 

The federal trial for former Warner Robins council member John Williams is scheduled to start Monday but could be delayed.

According to court documents, Williams attorney filed a motion to delay the trial because Williams is sick.

It says he has been hospitalized since April 13 with several serious illnesses, the motion says, and they do not know when he will be released.

Williams attorney Tina Hunt wrote, "In this case, the health of Mr. Williams and his ability to participate in the defense of his case outweighs the interests of the public in a speedy trial."

A judge will hear the argument this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Williams is accused of making money off the purchase of a city truck, lying to federal officers about it and tampering with a witness.

Lorra Lynch Jones will be at that hearing, and will tell you the outcome on 13wmaz.com and on Eyewitness News.

Deputies: Man Found Dead in Ocmulgee Was Strangled

Houston County investigators believe a 25-year-old man was beaten, strangled and dumped into the Ocmulgee River.

Captain Robert Clark says they charged three men with Justin Klaffka's murder and expect more charges to follow.

Houston County investigators say drugs were the underlying motive for a robbery Klaffka and the three other men allegedly committed Easter Sunday, at a Warner Robins residence.

Thursday, police charged brothers William Slaton and Daniel Slaton, along with their friend Mathew Pike, with murder.

The men are accused of killing Klaffka April 10th at the Slaton's Dixie Trail mobile home.

Clark says the three men got into an argument with Klaffka about the alleged robbery. He says the Slatons and Pike accused Klaffka of snitching on them to police. According to Clark, the men killed him and dumped his body in the river.