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News Nearby: Olens Appeals 'Self-Defense' Killing; Alpharetta Murder

A roundup of top headlines from Cobb and metro Atlanta for Thursday, Oct. 18.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will ask the state's highest court to reject a ruling that could have freed a Kennesaw man convicted of killing an armed trespasser in 2005.

Despite pleas from the NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization not to do so, Olens Wednesday filed a notice of appeal in Baldwin County.

The NAACP, which has supported the release of John McNeil, will hold a press conference Friday at its national board meeting.

McNeil, who is black, is serving life in prison for aggravated assault and felony murder in the Dec. 6, 2005, shooting death of Brian Epp, who is white.

Visit Kennesaw Patch for more on the story.

Alpharetta Man Charged With Murder

Police have upgraded charges to felony murder against a 26-year-old Alpharetta man after a victim of apparent domestic violence died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The suspect had been charged with aggravated battery last week after Sanaa Merani was taken to the hospital for injuries she suffered in the incident. She died in North Fulton Hospital from those injuries, leading Alpharetta police to charge Alamin Nanji with felony murder for allegedly shooting the victim.

Alpharetta-Milton Patch has the rest of the story.

Pedestrian in I-575 Fatal Accident Identified

The Georgia State Patrol has identified the woman who was fatally hit by a vehicle on Interstate 575 late Wednesday night.

Jamie Lynn Sanborn, 42, of Ball Ground, was struck and killed near mile marker nine between the new Ridgewalk Parkway interchange under construction and Towne Lake Parkway.

Get more details from Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch.

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