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Badge and Bar: Flowery Branch man pleads not guilty in Christmas shooting
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A Flowery Branch man accused of shooting his brother on Christmas Day has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony obstruction of an officer, according to court records.

Mark Alan Fyfe, 53, was indicted on Aug. 26 in the death of his brother Alan Scott Fyfe, 55, last Dec. 25.

Mark Fyfe was charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, interference with government property and three counts of felony obstruction of an officer.

Alan Fyfe was shot multiple times at a River Hill Drive residence in Flowery Branch.

Hall sheriff joins others in endorsing re-election of state attorney general

Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch, along with 116 Georgia sheriffs, endorsed Attorney General Sam Olens in his re-election effort, according to the Olens campaign.

The general election is on Nov. 4.

“I am honored to have been endorsed by the vast majority of sheriffs in our great state, both Republican and Democrat,” Olens said in a campaign statement. “Serving alongside these public servants is my humble honor.”

Public defender supervisory committee to hold its annual meeting on Monday

The public defender supervisory committee will convene Monday at the public defender’s office for its annual meeting.

“There is a requirement that each year ... there be an actual meeting, at which time there is a report. The chairman of the panel sends it in to the state office about what our office is doing,” said Northeastern Judicial Circuit public defender Brad Morris.

Douglas Stewart, Tom Cole and Graham McKinnon constitute the supervisory committee, with McKinnon serving as chairman.

The report includes caseloads, statistics and problems seen by the public defender’s office, as Morris reports to his appointers.

Morris was reappointed for a four-year term in 2012 by the committee.

The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. in the public defender’s office’s conference room. The office is at 111 Spring St. in downtown Gainesville.

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