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Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates a theater in Milledgeville, one of its 278 theaters in 41 states.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

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Robert Wayne Holsey dies by lethal injection


Robert Wayne Holsey died by lethal injection Tuesday night for the killing of a Baldwin County deputy in 1995.

He was executed at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson.

In his last moments, Holsey addressed the father of Deputy Will Robinson, who witnessed the execution. Holsey said: "Mr. Robinson, I'm sorry for taking your son's life that night. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me and my family." That account comes from our reporter Randall Savage, who was among a handful of reporters who were also witnesses.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Holsey earlier Tuesday evening.

Putnam sheriff reviewing Dermonds' phone records


The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is reviewing six months of phone records for Russell and Shirley Dermond and other people close to them.

Sheriff Howard Sills says he's still looking for new clues in the seven-month-old murder of the elderly couple.

He recently received the records for about 20 people, under a court order.

Sills says they include the Dermonds' family members and other people connected to them.

He said he's not following up on specific tips, but looking for new leads in the baffling murder. In October, he said his office was preparing four court orders seeking new evidence. One covered the phone records; another asked for more financial information.

He has declined to explain further.

Tibetan Monks visit Milledgeville with a message


For an entire week, Tibetan Monks were in Milledgeville, with a message of compassion.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo was there as they destroyed the sand painting to complete the metaphor.

The process starts and ends with sacred chanting.

The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery put together a sand mandala, which is a spiritual symbol of the Buddhist religion.

It took them five days to complete, with millions of grains of sand.

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U.S. Supreme Court denies stay of execution


Update: 815 p.m. -- The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the stay of execution for Robert Wayne Holsey.

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused to block the execution of a Georgia prisoner Tuesday night after his attorneys argued that the state's strict standards for determining intellectual disability violated his constitutional rights.

The high court's action denied Robert Wayne Holsey a reprieve so that the justices could determine whether to send his case back to Georgia for additional fact-finding. The state Supreme Court had cleared the way for his execution earlier in the day.

The refusal to block the execution was unsigned. Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have granted it.

150th Anniversary of Sherman's March to the Sea


150 years ago Saturday, in his historic March to the Sea, Union Army General William Sherman established headquarters at the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville.

Man convicted of killing Baldwin Co. deputy scheduled to die


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A man convicted of murdering a Baldwin County Sheriff's deputy nearly 20 years ago is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 9.

According to a news release from Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, Robert Wayne Holsey is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Hosley was convicted of murdering Deputy Will Robinson Dec. 17, 1995.