Not much as it turns out. Here’s what happened in Georgia over the weekend.
Georgia man pleads guilty to 2016 slayings of 2 deputies
A 59-year-old Georgia man is heading to prison for life after he pleaded guilty in the 2016 slayings of two sheriff’s deputies.
Ralph Stanley Elrod pleaded guilty to malice murder and other crimes before a judge Thursday in Peach County southwest of Macon. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in a plea deal with prosecutors. News outlets reported Elrod would have faced a possible death sentence if his case went to trial.
Prosecutors said Elrod fatally shot Peach County deputies Daryl Smallwood and Patrick Sondron on Nov. 6, 2016, as they responded to a call that Elrod had pointed a gun at a neighbor’s nephews.
District Attorney David Cooke said Elrod later told investigators he shot the deputies because he “did not want to go to jail.”
Top music artists to perform at ninth annual ONE Musicfest
Music artists Nas, T.I., 2 Chainz and Miguel took the stage at the ninth annual ONE Musicfest in Atlanta.
The festival expands for the first time to a two day event, kicking off on Saturday in the city’s downtown area in Central Park. The lineup also includes Big Boi, Big Sean, Jeezy, Rapsody, H.E.R., Robert Glasper, Kelis, Monica, Teedra Moses along with George Clinton & Parliament.
The festival focuses on providing urban music festival featuring a diverse range of performers from classic to next generation hip-hop, soulful R&B and alternative rock.
More than 20,000 attended the festival last year.
Deer season opens for bow hunters in Georgia
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — It’s open season for deer in Georgia, as long as you’re hunting with a bow.
Deer season for bow hunters opened Saturday across the state. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says 152,327 archers took part in the season last year, harvesting nearly 65,000 deer.
Georgia’s state deer biologist, Charlie Killmaster, says hunters can expect “excellent antler growth and great deer body condition” this season thanks to a summer with plentiful rain.
Bow hunters get the first shot at bringing home deer in Georgia. The deer season for hunters using muzzle-loading rifles and shotguns opens Oct. 13, followed by the normal firearms season starting Oct. 20.
The deer season for all weapon types in Georgia ends Jan. 13.