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Trial begins in fatal shooting of six hunters

By wire services
Published September 11, 2005

A deer hunter went on a rampage last fall, killing six hunters and wounding two others, after he felt insulted, a prosecutor told jurors Saturday. The defense said Chai Soua Vang felt threatened by a group of white hunters who tormented him with racial slurs.

Vang's attorney, Steve Kohn, said Vang, 36, of St. Paul, Minn., shot because he believed another hunter fired at him first.

Prosecutors say Vang fired first because the others were disrespectful to him and said they would report him for trespassing.

Vang fired at least 20 shots. Four hunters were shot in the back, and one victim ran nearly 500 feet before being shot.

Georgia newspaper sues to obtain police records

ATHENS, Ga. - The Athens Banner-Herald has sued the county police department, claiming that officers have violated the state's open records laws by refusing to release documents related to the unsolved slayings of two University of Georgia students.

The newspaper says the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has thwarted reporters' attempts to access documents by classifying the 1992 rape and murder of Jennifer Lynn Stone and the 2001 murder of Tara Louise Baker as "pending investigations."

Stone, a 22-year-old advertising student from Roswell, was found strangled in her apartment in April 1992. Baker, a 23-year-old law student, was found dead in her burning house in January 2001. No arrests have been made.

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