Decatur was the setting for Amanda Hamm's 2006 murder trial. She was convicted of child endangerment, a far less serious charge than murder. The city also had a connection to the drowning deaths of her three children through the two lawyers who represented Maurice LaGrone Jr.: Jeff Justice and Tom Griffith, both Decatur defense lawyers
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No community is closer to the tragedy at Clinton Lake than the people who live closest to the site of the drownings. Everyone knows someone impacted by the 2003 to the unthinkable loss of three children. That connection was evident tonight as I spoke to the Clinton Kiwanias Club about The Unforgiven. The audience included Pastor
One of the most rewarding parts of working as a journalist has been my ability to collaborate with other talented reporters on stories. In 2018, I was fortunate to team up with Ryan Denham, WGLT digital content director and former colleague at The Pantagraph, for a project looking deep into the Brittney Mikesell case. Mikesell
But Amanda Hamm talked her boyfriend Maurice LaGrone into taking her and her three children to Clinton Lake for some playtime before calling it a night. It was Sept. 2, 2003, a night that ended in the loss of three young lives and accusations that would rock a small town and put Hamm and LaGrone