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Woman found guilty of burning girlfriend's body

Woman found guilty of burning girlfriend's body

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta woman has been found guilty again in a re-trial of a murder she and her son committed in 2005.

Tonya Miller, 48, was convicted for the second time Friday in the death of 56-year-old Cheryl Miranda of Tampa, Fla.

According to information presented in court, Miller and her son Jabaris killed Miranda by hitting her in the head and stabbing her in the neck. They then set the victim's truck, with her body inside, on fire in a wooded area off of All Welcome Road in unincorporated south Fulton County on Mar. 4, 2005.

Miranda's body was identified by fingerprints, according to Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones. Investigators determined that the victim's hands had been bound with rope and a belt had been fastened around her neck.

Man to stand trial for 29-year-old murder

Man to stand trial for 29-year-old murder

ATLANTA - The Fulton County District Attorney's office said Tuesday that a 65-year-old man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and strangling a woman 29 years ago will stand trial for her murder this week.

Curtis Tyner faces charges of murder, felony murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated assault with intent to rape, robbery by force and sexual battery in connection with the death of 30-year-old Martha Anne Mickel of Smyrna in 1984.

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Mickel's body was discovered floating in Bear Creek in South Fulton County in April 1984. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher is presiding over the trial.

Murder suspect John Kristofak arrested

Murder suspect John Kristofak arrested

UNION CITY, Ga. -- A man suspected of murdering his wife in Cobb County has been arrested in south Fulton County.

John Kristofak was taken into custody at around 3:45 a.m. Thursday at a Motel 6 in Union City, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Kristofak, 58, was the prime suspect in the murder of his 48-year-old ex-wife Donna Nations Kristofak in their Marietta home last weekend.

He was still driving the brown Chevy Equinox that had been widely broadcast since the search for him began Dec. 23. The vehicle was parked outside the motel when a team made up of the U.S. Marshals Office, Cobb County Sheriff's Fugitive Unit and Union City Police arrived to make the arrest.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Investigators believe teenagers responsible for series of arson fires

Investigators believe teenagers responsible for series of arson fires

UNION CITY, Ga - Investigators say surveillance video has them close to identifying several suspects in a rash of arson fires.

Authorities with the Union County Fire Department believe they may have identified as many as five teenagers responsible for a series of brush fires as well as a fire that destroyed an abandoned home.

"The individuals we're looking at right now are anywhere from 13 to 18 years of age," said Union City Battallion Chief Larry Knowles.

Investigators have viewed surveillance video taken by a security camera at a Union City store. It shows three individuals walking into a wooded area. Moments later, you can see fire burning the brush and trees.

Investigators asked 11Alive not to show the video with the suspects in it for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

"One individual grabs a piece of paper and lights it on fire," said Knowles. "You see one bend over and light pine straw in the woods."

Woman wanted for bank robberies in Roswell, Union City

Woman wanted for bank robberies in Roswell, Union City

ATLANTA -- The FBI is working to identify a woman wanted for at least two recent bank robberies.

FBI Atlanta Special Agent Stephen Emmett said the woman is accused of robbing the Wells Fargo on Alpharetta Highway in Roswell on Oct. 26, and another Wells Fargo on Jonesboro Road near Shannon Mall in Union City on Oct. 30.

In both cases, the woman walked up to tellers, announced that she was robbing the bank and then ran after receiving cash, Emmett said.

The suspect is a black woman with a medium complexion. She is about 30 years old, 5-feet-2-inches to 5-feet-5-inches tall and 110 to 120 pounds. During both robberies, she wore a black wig with purple tint, a gray cap and large frame sunglasses.

Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to call the FBI Atlanta at 404-679-9000, Roswell Police at 770-640-4100 or Union City Police at 770-306-6849.

Suspect arrested after body found in woods

Suspect arrested after body found in woods

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Police have arrested a murder suspect after a body was discovered near some woods in Fairburn Sunday morning.

Anthony Bethea Jr. was arrested early Monday and charged with murder. He is being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.

The body was discovered at around 11 a.m. Sunday behind the Efficiency Lodge on Senoia Road, not far from Interstate 85.

Fairburn Police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bazydlo said a tipster called 911 to report a strange smell. When investigators arrived, they discovered the body.

The victim was later identified as 26-year-old Darrell B. Bailey II of Fairburn. His cause of death has not been released.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call investigators at 770-964-1441.