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Gary Hilton pleads guilty to killing N.C. couple

Gary Hilton pleads guilty to killing N.C. couple

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The man convicted of murdering University of Georgia graduate Meredith Emerson and a Florida woman accepted a life prison sentence without parole after pleading guilty in North Carolina to ambushing and killing an elderly couple hiking in a national forest.

U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said 65-year-old Gary Michael Hilton pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing John and Irene Bryant in 2007.

Prosecutors said Hilton camped out waiting for victims before he encountered the Bryants, who were both in their 80s, as they hiked in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County.

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ATHENS | Jamie Hood's lawyers seek judge's removal

ATHENS | Jamie Hood's lawyers seek judge's removal

ATHENS, Ga. -- Defense lawyers for Jamie Hood have asked the judge presiding over their client's case to step down.

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The lawyers reportedly maintain that Western Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Lawton Stephens can't be impartial because of his ties to the fallen officer.

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

Upcoming races, from 5Ks to triathlons

ATLANTA -- The winners of the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race participant lottery were announced Monday.

If you weren't chosen, you still have plenty of other opportunities to run, jog, walk and enjoy a race day in the next few months.

5 Ga. courthouses may close to cut costs

5 Ga. courthouses may close to cut costs

ATLANTA -- The federal government is considering closing up to 60 court sites across the country, including five in Georgia, as part of an effort to cut costs.

Documents obtained by the Associated Press show federal courthouse facilities in 29 states could be on the chopping block. Many of the court sites are in rural areas and critics say closing them could make it more difficult for people to get to court proceedings.

Six of the 60 court sites that could be closed are in Arkansas. Texas, like Georgia, has five sites on the list of possible closures. Officials are even considering shuttering the court site in Juneau, Alaska's capital city.

The Georgia sites facing closure are Athens, Dublin, Statesboro, Valdosta and Waycross.

The government ranked the court sites that could close based on categories such as usage and location.

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Georgia Wins Eighth Straight

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Playing its third match in five days, the No. 4 Georgia men's tennis team picked up another SEC road win as it defeated No. 26 LSU by a 4-3 score Sunday afternoon at W.T. Dub Robinson Stadium, with sophomore Hernus Pieters providing the clinching point with a win at No. 6 singles.

The Bulldogs improve to 16-1 (6-0) on the season, now winners of an SEC-best eight straight matches, and drop LSU to 11-7 (2-4).

"We were fortunate to get out with the win today," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "Our guys fought their hearts out and that's how we won this one. Our 'pit' (courts 4-5-6) continues to grind it out for us in these matches. Everybody came together and pulled through despite not having our best day in some spots. We can do better - we'll need to tighten up and get ready to play a big match on Friday vs. Kentucky and just continue to hopefully survive and advance."

Commodores Rally Past Georgia 5-3

NASHVILLE, TENN. -- Vanderbilt rallied for a 5-3 win over No. 18 Georgia Sunday to take an SEC series at Hawkins Field.

On Saturday, the Commodores (9-15, 2-4 SEC) rallied for a win in the ninth, and on Sunday with two outs in the eighth, they erupted for four runs compliments of a two-run triple and three wild pitches. Georgia falls to 17-8 (3-3 SEC).

No. 7 Georgia Roars Past No. 49 LSU

ATHENS, Ga. -- The seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs posted its fourth straight victory by downing the 49th-ranked LSU Tigers 6-1 Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

In doubles, Georgia (15-2, 5-1) quickly jumped on top of LSU (10-7, 3-3) winning at all three positions.  The No. 3 doubles tandem of Maho Kowase and Lilly Kimbell were the first team off the court by defeating Kaitlin Burns and Ariel Morton 8-3.  Kowase and Kimbell's win keeps their dual match doubles record perfect on the season at a 13-0 mark.  Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring clinched the doubles point for the Bulldogs acing past Olivia Howlett and Yvette Vlaar 8-2 at the No. 2 position.  Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist, ranked eighth in the nation,  finished off the sweep beating Keri Frankenberger and Whitney Wolf of LSU 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.