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Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

WATCH | What to expect during the APS trial

Man shot, suspect claims self defense

Man shot, suspect claims self defense

ATLANTA -- One person was hospitalized and another was arrested after a shooting overnight.

It happened at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Inspiration Way in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Capt. Jonathan Durant said the victim was shot multiple times in the torso. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

One person was arrested at the scene. The suspect claimed self defense, according to Durant.

No names were released.

15-year-old boy shot in the leg in NW Atlanta

15-year-old boy shot in the leg in NW Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg while lying in bed Monday morning.

It happened at around 5 a.m. at a house in the 500 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard in northwest Atlanta.

The boy told police he was asleep in bed when the sound of gunshots outside woke him up. He then felt pain in his right leg and realized he'd been hit. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the ground outside the victim's house was littered with shell casings from several weapons.

Police have not established a motive for the shooting or named any suspects.

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Atlanta MetroPCS store burglarized

Atlanta MetroPCS store burglarized

ATLANTA -- Police are investigating a burglary at a northwest Atlanta MetroPCS store.

It happened shortly before midnight Sunday at the store near the corner of Bolton Road and James Jackson Parkway.

Police said surveillance video shows a man smashing the store's front door with a hammer. He grabbed one phone and one pair of headphones before running.

No one has been arrested.

Teens plead guilty to murdering bishop's brother

Teens plead guilty to murdering bishop's brother

ATLANTA -- Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to murdering Jerrick Jackson, brother of Bishop Wiley Jackson.

Montravious Bradley, 18, and Felton Lovejoy, 19, admitted they shot the 47 year old to death in the driveway of his Lowe Street home.

Their trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but both teens entered guilty pleas after speaking with their mothers and defense attorneys. A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced them to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Bradley and Lovejoy were the shooters in the May 7, 2013 incident. Jerrick Jackson and his fiancée Kimberly Little returned home from a night out and were approached by five men who demanded their money.

2 shootings, 1 fatal, in NW Atlanta overnight

2 shootings, 1 fatal, in NW Atlanta overnight

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are investigating two separate shootings on the west side of the city.

The first shooting happened at around 11:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of St. James Drive and Lookout Avenue.

Atlanta Police Lt. Charles Hampton said officers responded to a call of shots fired and found a Honda sedan with the windshield broken from bullets.

One man was inside the car, slumped over the steering wheel. Hampton said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe he was driving the Honda.

Investigators have not yet named any suspects or provided a motive for the shooting.

The second incident happened at around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at a house in the 2000 block of Verbena Street.

The victim told police two suspects tried to rob him, then shot him in the thigh when he refused to give them money.

1 killed when suspect fires gun into crowd

1 killed when suspect fires gun into crowd

ATLANTA -- One person was killed in a shooting at a southwest Atlanta apartment complex Monday night.

It happened shortly before midnight at the Providence at Cascade Apartments in the 300 block of Fairburn Road.

Atlanta Police Capt. Paul Guerrucci said investigators believe the shooter fired into a crowd of people. Only one person -- a man in his 20's -- was hit.

Guerrucci said the victim's body was found in a gazebo on the property. Police have not yet released his name or made any arrests.

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