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Inmate Won't Leave!

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a man convicted of a northeast Georgia slaying has refused to leave a jail cell for his sentencing, prompting his lawyer to try to convince him to come out peacefully so the court hearing can proceed.

Court officials say William Thomas Valentine Jr., who faces life in prison without parole, was supposed to be at the Clarke County Courthouse at 1 p.m. Monday. But they said the hearing has been
delayed because he refused to leave his cell in the Clarke County
Jail.

A Clarke County Superior Court jury last month convicted Valentine of killing Alfred Lorenzo "Shorty" Harris on Oct. 10, then kidnapping a woman who witnessed the attack inside Harris' apartment.
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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,
http://www.onlineathens.com
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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