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EX-DEKALB CEO RETRIAL

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Burrell Ellis guilty of extortion and perjury

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Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis was convicted of extortion and perjury and will be taken into custody today. His attorney and wife declined comment to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than four days before reaching its guilty verdict in four of nine charges against him. A jury last year failed to reach an agreement on any of the charges against him, forcing Judge Courtney Johnson to declare a mistrial.

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