03/24/2006

Prosecutors vow to seek death penalty in deputy's killing

By Ashley Tusan Joyner
Macon Telegraph

MACON, Ga. — Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty against two men charged with fatally shooting a Bibb County deputy during a drug raid early Thursday.

Deputy Joseph Whitehead, 36, was shot inside a house on Atherton Street, off Montpelier Avenue in west Macon, just before 1:30 a.m., authorities said. He died about a half-hour later at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Whitehead is the first Bibb County deputy killed in the line of duty in nearly 81 years, officials said.

"It's something that I take very, very seriously," District Attorney Howard Simms said. "These are men and women who put their lives on the line every day for the benefit of other people, and I'm not going to stand for somebody gunning them down in cold blood" ... Full Story

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