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Governor blows off unsolved murder case

Gov. Sonny Perdue, like so many public officials before him, has refused to intervene in the Donna Johnson murder case. The case has gone unsolved for over 26 years. Perdue met with the victim’s sister, Becky Peterman, here two months ago but has declined to get involved. Perdue has written letters to several citizens who asked that he intervene in which he declares the case to be a matter of local jurisdiction. ’Unfortunately, this is a matter under local jurisdiction and I am unable to intervene. If you have not done so already, I would encourage you to contact your district attorney or judge of the superior court to request assistance with this problem,’ the governor wrote. Peterman and her family feel law enforcement and the judicial system at the local level have failed them and have no intention of pursuing the investigation. Peterman wrote letters to dozens of local, state and national officials seeking help. Only Rep. David Knight and Congressman Lynn Westmoreland responded. Knight set up the futile meeting with the governor. Westmoreland sent a package of information to the Atlanta field office FBI and asked they review the case. If you would like to contact the FBI and encourage them to get involved, write Brian D. Lamkin, Special Agent in Charge, 2635 Century Pkwy. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30345 or e-mail

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