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Suspect in 8-year-old's death appears in court


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After almost five months, Dennis Eason made his first appearance in Peach County.

Eason was arrested in Alabama in January and finally extradited back to Georgia on Thursday.

"(With) the whole judicial process, we can't do anything without him here," Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese said. "So now that he's back in the state, that case will move forward."

Eason is one of six men charged in the murder of 8-year-old Jai'mel Anderson. The child was shot several times at the Indian Oaks Apartments on East Street.

Accused Fort Valley rapist appears in court


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Darrell Ross made his first appearance in Magistrate Court for the new list of charges against him.

They come to a total of 19, including rape, home invasion and aggravated assault. Ross is the man accused in a series of break-ins and rapes in Fort Valley that happened in April.

The judge told Ross the armed robbery charge, kidnapping charge, and rape charges could land him life in prison. He also agreed to a probable cause hearing.

Accused Fort Valley rapist due in court Friday


Darrell Ross is scheduled to make his second court appearance Friday.

That's according to Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. Ross will face 19 charges including rape, aggravated assault, robbery, and kidnapping, all from five different cases.

The first case happened in January on St. Luke's Lane.

Ross is charged with aggravated sexual battery and home invasion for that case.

And it's a new one that investigators hadn't publicly linked to him until Wednesday this week. A woman who lives on St. Luke's says her friend, who is also her neighbor, was assaulted that night.

Suspect in 8-year-old's shooting death extradited from Alabama


Dennis Eason, one of six men charged with killing an 8-year-old in Fort Valley earlier this year, was extradited from Alabama Thursday.

Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese says Eason is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court Friday morning. He is charged with murder.

Eason told a judge in January that he would fight the extradition. The judge told him that the process may take several months, but he was confident that Eason would return to Georgia eventually to face charges in the case.

Jai'mel Anderson, 8, was shot several times at the Indian Oaks apartments on east Church Street in January. He later died at the Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health.

His mother's boyfriend, Dejad Williams, along with Tevin Sams, Jeremy Jackson, Antonio Garvin, and Kristian Wipfel are all also charged with murder in the case.


Man extradited to face charges in 8-year-old's killing


Dennis Eason, one of six men charged with killing an 8-year-old in Fort Valley this year, was extradited from Alabama Thursday.

Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese says Eason is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court Friday morning. He is charged with murder.

Eason told a judge in January that he would fight the extradition. The judge told him that the process may take several months, but he was confident that Eason would return to Georgia eventually to face charges in the case.

Jai'mel Anderson, 8, was shot several times at the Indian Oaks apartments on east Church Street in January. He later died at the Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health.

DA details charges against suspected Fort Valley serial rapist


Darrell Ross will face 19 charges in a series of break-ins and attempted rapes in Peach County, according to District Attorney David Cooke.

At a news conference Wednesday, he said he's asked the GBI to draw up warrants. He expects that they will be served on Thursday.

He said Ross will face charges in these cases:

-- Aggravated sexual battery, home invasion, Jan. 31, 2015 incident at St. Luke's Lane

-- Rape, home invasion, armed robbery, aggravated assault, April 2 incident at Mollette Street.

-- Rape, home invasion, false imprisonment, April 5 incident at Vandaway st.

-- Attempted rape, home invasion, aggravated assault, April 8 incident at Rayfield Wright St.

-- Home invasion, kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted rape, April 26 incident at Julius Simmons Avenue

Possible suspect arrested in Fort Valley rapes, break-ins




UPDATE, 5/17/15 6 p.m.:

Fort Valley's police chief says they've arrested a possible suspect in a series of recent break-ins and rapes.

That's according to a news release posted to Facebook Sunday morning.

Chief Lawrence Spurgeon said the man was arrested outside a home on Persons Street around midnight, after a call about a suspicious person outside a home.