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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Sgt. James Eppler was released from the Dougherty County jail Tuesday afternoon after a murder charge against him was dropped.
Evidence shows Natalie Eppler shot herself.
Now her husband is exonerated. This all goes back to the night of February 20th.
The night investigators now say Natalie Eppler pulled the trigger and took her own life.
There was gunpowder residue on her hands, but none on the hands of her husband, who was standing nearby when the shot was fired.
Sgt. Eppler maintained silence throughout this ordeal, perhaps comforted by the knowledge that the truth would set him free.
Surprisingly this truth was known last week, and yet Sgt. Eppler was left to sit in jail until today.
Coroner Emma Quimbley told me Tuesday afternoon that she received the GBI Forensic report and declared Natalie Eppler's death a suicide last week. District Attorney Greg Edwards waited until today to go public with the news that Eppler was falsely accused and should be released from jail.
February 20th Albany Police found 23 year old Natalie Eppler shot in the head at their home on West Gordon Avenue. Sgt. James Eppler was the only other person in the home, and he said his wife shot herself, but he was arrested. Tuesday District Attorney Greg Edwards did not apologize.
Edwards said "This is not a matter where anybody was wrongfully accused. Our position is there was probable cause to make an arrest as based on the circumstances."
Investigators say the Epplers had been arguing and drinking at a club shortly before her death. She was shot once in the top of her head with a 40 caliber pistol.
Edwards today said he weighed all the evidence, including investigative reports from the GBI, NCIS, and the Forensic autopsy.
Edwards said "Mrs. Eppler was in a particular position. Other things found by the forensic pathologist, included the gunshot residue evidence, which indicated that she may have been in contact with the firearm. Also her blood alcohol level was very high, indicating she was intoxicated."
Sgt. James Eppler walked out of the Dougherty County jail just after 2:30, after close to three months behind bars charged with murder. The District Attorney said that the investigation is complete, but if needed he could be re-charged.
Edwards said "If there is anything else beyond what we have that is developed, there would be no prohibition about revisiting the situation."
Sgt. Eppler was picked up by Marine Base officials, and refused any comment.
Sgt. Eppler was returned to active duty status immediately by the Marine Corps, with no holds. As a Base official said, Eppler was presumed innocent unless he was convicted, so the Marine Corps will not make this an issue on his career.
District Attorney Greg Edwards said his office talked with Natalie Eppler's family in Ohio, to inform them about the investigation and that the murder charges were being dropped.
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