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Courthouse Shooting Reward

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The woman whose phone call led to the arrest of the suspected Atlanta courthouse shooter has a lot of new money to spend.

Ashley Smith has picked up $75,000 in reward checks.

Her grandfather says Smith may use the money for education and paying off loans, and that she'll "give a portion of it to the Lord."

Georgia's governor and law enforcement groups gave the checks to Smith Thursday. They praised her courage, strength and perseverance.

The 26-year-old widowed mother has said she used the time she was held hostage to tell Brian Nichols about God. At today's presentation ceremony she said miracles can happened even in the midst of tragedy.

Nichols is accused in the deaths of four people. His surrender ended a 26-hour manhunt after he let Smith go and she called authorities.


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