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Suspect arrested in slaying of Atlanta drag queen

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 Dunwoody police have arrested Christopher Williams, 20, of Stone Mountain in the killing of Roberto Calderon-Guzman, 28, known to many in Atlanta's nightlife community as drag artist Noxy Cassandra Calderon.

Williams is charged with murder and possession of a firearm while committing a felony and is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail, said Sgt. Mike Carlson of the Dunwoody Police Department.

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Atlanta police: Robbery, not hate crime, likely motive for killings after 2010 Black Gay Pride

Derrick Dnorris Burden

Atlanta police do not believe sexual orientation played a role in the deaths of two men who were slain after attending Black Gay Pride in 2010.

“At this time and even throughout a year and a half investigation, I don’t have any indication that their personal life or lifestyle factored into it at all,” Detective Michael Willis said in an interview this afternoon.

Derrick Burden, 22, was arrested by the APD's Fugitive Unit on April 23 on a warrant for the homicides of both Samuel Blizzard, 21, a Georgia State University student from Spring Cove, Va., and Calvin Streater, 26, of Atlanta.

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Atlanta police make arrest in killings of Black Gay Pride attendees

Derrick Dnorris Burden

Atlanta police arrested a suspect this week in the killings of two men who attended 2010's Black Gay Pride.

The suspect, Derrick Burden, 22, was arrested by the APD's Fugitive Unit on April 23 on a warrant for the homicides of both Samuel Blizzard, 21, a Georgia State University student from Spring Cove, Va., and Calvin Streater, 26, of Atlanta. Police said they were found shot to death Sept. 5, 2010, inside a Richmond Circle apartment in southeast Atlanta.

A press release from the APD states a warrant for Burden was obtained April 13 charging him with two counts of murder. Police declined to comment about a possible motive.

Burden was taken to the Fulton County jail.

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Ga. Supreme Court upholds murder conviction of doctor who lured men with drugs for sex

Dr. Noel Chua

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence handed down to a doctor convicted of felony murder for prescribing pain medications to a gay lover who later died of an overdose.

Dr. Noel Chua, who was in his mid-40s, began treating James Bazley Carter III, 19, in Sept. 2005 for debilitating headaches. Chua prescribed Carter such medications as morphine, methadone and oxycodone.

A month later, in October, Carter moved in with Chua in his home in Camden County, nearly 6 hours south of Atlanta near Jacksonville, Fla., while he continued to attend community college.

On Dec. 15, 2005, Chua called 911 and Carter was found dead in the bathroom. Police found loose pills, prescription drug bottles and physician drug samples. Medical experts testified at Chua’s trial in Oct. 2007 that Carter died of a combination methadone, oxycodone and morphine in his system along with other drugs.

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Atlanta police ‘pound streets’ to solve killing of Black Gay Pride organizer

Atlanta Police canvass the area near where Durand Robinson was killed

Dasanta Robinson stood in the Campbellton Plaza parking lot Thursday evening with more than a dozen of his family members. They were waiting for the Atlanta Police Department to begin canvassing nearby southwest Atlanta neighborhoods for clues in his brother's death.

"He was really something special," Robinson said of his brother, Durand Robinson, who was shot and killed Aug. 25 on Hadlock Street near East Point.

"It's like we're living in a nightmare and we're waiting for it to be over. I don't understand why anyone would want to kill Durand. He would do anything for anyone," added Robinson, 50, of Decatur.

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Doctor who lured men with drugs for sex appeals murder conviction to Ga. Supreme Court

Noel Chua

A Georgia doctor convicted of felony murder for prescribing pain medications to a gay lover who later died of an overdose is appealing his case to the Georgia Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the case will be heard Monday.

According to a press release from the Georgia Supreme Court, Dr. Noel Chua, who was in his mid-40s, began treating James Bazley Carter III, 19, in Sept. 2005 for debilitating headaches. Chua prescribed Carter such medications as morphine, methadone and oxycodone.

A month later, in October, Carter moved in with Chua in his home in Camden County, nearly 6 hours south of Atlanta near Jacksonville, Fla., while he continued to attend community college.

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Ga. Supreme Court to hear case of gay man convicted of murder

The case of Samuel Mitchell Abernathy goes before the Supreme CourtThe case of a gay man convicted of killing a man who allegedly called him and his boyfriend “faggots” will go before the state Supreme Court on Monday.

The state is appealing a White County judge’s ruling granting a new trial to Samuel Mitchell Abernathy. Abernathy was convicted of stabbing and killing Darrin Ramey after Ramey called Mitchell and his partner at the time, John Geren, “faggots.” The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Southside Bar in Helen, Ga., in January 2008.

Mitchell was convicted in November 2008 of malice murder and sentenced to life in prison.

According to a press release from the state Supreme Court, Abernathy said he was jumped by Ramey and acted in self-defense. Abernathy and Geren were both charged with murder but the state dropped its charges against Geren after he agreed to testify against Abernathy.

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Durand Robinson’s daughter speaks out on father’s death

Durand Robinson was gunned down in August of 2010

It was a bittersweet holiday season for Wynter Robinson, daughter of the late Durand Robinson, the co-owner of Traxx Atlanta who was killed in August.

“The holidays were difficult but I gave back to the community, a tradition my father instilled in me to go into underprivileged neighborhoods and help,” she said.

Robinson, 24, said she purchased gifts for a 5-year old girl who had no other gifts.

“I bought her a lot of presents. It was something he [her father] would have done,” she said.

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Atlanta police respond to recent gay-related shootings

Atlanta Police Department Major Keith Meadows

In the span of two weeks, three people at least associated with the Atlanta LGBT community have been killed. And while the Atlanta Police Department stresses that gay people are not being targeted, there is a buzz from some asking, “What is going on? Are we safe?”

At press time, there were 62 homicides in Atlanta this year with three knowingly related to the LGBT population, said Major Keith Meadows, commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Major Crimes Section, during an interview Monday at his office at Public Safety Headquarters on Peachtree Street.

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Slain Black Gay Pride organizer remembered as ‘selfless’

Friends and family gather to remember Durand Robinson

As Black Gay Pride swings into full force this weekend, the memory of Durand Robinson will be everywhere. The man who many described as selfless and giving will be honored at parties and events during the weekend, which attracts tens of thousands of people to Atlanta from across the nation and around the world.

Robinson, 50, was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Aug. 25 in southwest Atlanta. The Atlanta Police Department continues to seek suspects and a motive as of press time.

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UPDATED: Gay nightclub owner’s killing raises questions about sexual orientation

Durand Robinson was managing partner of a black gay nightclub and an organizer of events for Black Gay Pride. But was Robinson, who was shot to death Wednesday, gay?

As news of Robinson’s death spread, many who didn’t know him assumed from his work that he must be gay. His brother, however, says Robinson was planning to marry a girlfriend. And Robinson’s close friends and coworkers at Traxx, the popular black gay nightclub, say Robinson never discussed a girlfriend or being gay with them.

Speculation about Robinson’s sexual orientation is taking away from the real situation — a loving man was killed and police need to find the suspect, said Phillip Boone, Robinson’s business partner.