clear
Monday May 4th, 2015 6:08PM

SCOGA rules in 2 Buford murder cases, Forsyth homeowners group dispute

By Ken Stanford Reporter
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court (SCOGA) has upheld the murder convictions in two high-profile Buford murder cases and has issued rulings in two cases involving a dispute between Forsyth County and a homeowners association.

One of the murder cases involved the conviction and life sentence given a young woman who killed her adoptive mother.

Catherine O'Connell and her sister Brenda were the adopted daughters of Muriel O'Connell - and prosecutors say the girls killed their mother in 2006 following repeated confrontations over cell phone bills and boyfriends. The girls were both 15 at the time. The Supreme Court ruling dealt only with Catherine O'Connell's case.

In the other Buford case, the court upheld the murder convictions and life sentences given Troy Lee Davis, Jr., for the murders of his 76-year-old aunt and his 78-year-old uncle with whom he was living time. Prosecutors say Davis killed them because of arguments over garbage he left in the backyard and his bedroom.

In the Forsyth County cases, the court, in related appeals, ruled against the Polo Golf and Country Club Homeowners Association in one case and against the county in the other. The appeals involved disputes over who is responsible for repairing storm water pipes.

(Please click on the links below to access summaries of the court's ruling in each of the cases cited in this story.)
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 4 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 4 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 4 months ago )
Local/State News
Gainesville man arrested in fatal Jackson Co. hit and run
Georgia State Troopers have the driver of a car involved in a fatal hit and run Monday in Jackson County in custody.
By Staff
6:02PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Forsyth County man killed in weekend motorcycle wreck
A Forsyth County man died after a traffic accident on Hickory Hills Road Sunday afternoon.
4:05PM ( 2 hours ago )
NGMC-Braselton begins construction on obstetrics unit
Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton began construction on a new expansion Monday, allowing the hospital to begin offering obstetric services to the community.
By AccessWDUN staff
3:28PM ( 2 hours ago )
Cleveland police move into new location
Cleveland Police Department is operating from its new office location at 133 W. Kytle St.
1:44PM ( 4 hours ago )
Deal signs $900 million transportation package into law
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a new $900 million transportation bill into law, including changes to the state's gas taxes and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.
12:06PM ( 6 hours ago )