For the second time in a week, a teenager was killed at a house party in the Atlanta area. 18-year-old Daquavious Stephon Mapp was apparently caught in the crossfire of a firefight between other teenage boys. James Edwards and Tevin Williams, both 17, are charged with aggravated assault and gun charges. Police aren’t sure whose bullet killed Mapp, according the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Estimates vary widely, but most accounts say 75 kids were at a party in Conyers, Ga.
The mother of 18-year-old Bobby Tillman, who was beaten to death after a house party early Sunday morning, is lobbying for tougher juvenile laws. Monique Rivarde tells WXIA she will campaign for a new law named after her son requiring mandatory counseling for teen offenders with tougher punishment for kids who keep getting in trouble. As for the four teens charged with murdering her son, she feels that it’s too late for them. In the wake of Tillman’s murder, more than 600 people attended a teen summit Thursday night in Douglassville to discuss ways to stop senseless violence in the community. The crowd included high school and college age kids along with school and law enforcement officials, according to the AJC.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Milton for 10 counts of sexual exploitation of minors, according to a WSB-TV report. Child pornography was downloaded onto an IP address in Milton and detected by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit. The Special Victims Unit then alerted the Milton Police Department, the report states. The children in the movies ranged from ages 5 to 13 years old, according to Detective S.W. Hewitt of the Milton Police Department. Read the full story here.
Tax payer money may have been wasted at the Fulton County jail. WSB-TV reports that $87,920 was spent on a GED program for inmates. Seventeen prisoners got degrees at a cost of more than $5,000 per inmate. Investigative reporter Richard Belcher says the program was run by the wife of a state legislator, while the jail already had a similar program that cost nothing. Watch the story on Channel 2 Action News