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Murder victim’s sister issues pleas for help

Claiming the justice system has failed her family, the sister of murder victim Donna Ogletree Johnson, is pleading with state and federal officials for help in solving the 26-year-old slaying. ‘We have anxiously stood by and awaited justice from our legal system which has seemingly failed my family and my sister,’ Becky Peterman wrote in a letter mailed last week. The plea for help was sent to Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Sen. Ronnie Chance, Rep. David Knight, Rep. Jim Cole and Rep. Billy Maddox. Peterman also sent a similar request to special agent in charge of the Atlanta office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the letter, Peterman notes the family’s efforts to have a special prosecutor appointed to handle the case have been thwarted at every turn. She alleges those efforts have been rebuffed by district attorney Richard Milam, attorney general Thurbert Baker and Gov. Sonny Perdue. ’All have declined to offer any assistance. It seems they all just pass the buck on to the next group and no one does anything,’ Peterman wrote. She also attached copies of The Herald-Gazette’s recent series of articles on the murder. ’I ask you to please read these articles and become acquainted with my sister and the brutality and senselessness of her tragic death,’ Peterman pleaded.

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