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Child killing case going to grand jury

By Ed Brock

The case against a Stone Mountain man charged with murder in the beating death of a 5-year-old Jonesboro girl has been bound over to the grand jury.

Robert Foster, 39, appeared for his preliminary hearing Thursday morning in connection with the Feb. 7 death of Tacara Judon. He is also charged with aggravated assault in connection with a simultaneous attack on Tacara's brother, 10-year-old Ronald Porter, Clayton County police said. The attack seemed to have been motivated by jealousy when Foster went to the Wood Hollow Lane home of his ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Octavia Judon, and found the car of another man in the driveway, Clayton County police Capt. Jeff Turner said previously.

A tire iron was used in the beating.

Clayton County police Detective Mike Harris testified about the specifics of the incident during the hearing, Clayton County District Attorney Bob Keller said. Harris talked about the 911 phone calls that Foster made, one in which he said he had just injured his ex-girlfriend's children and a second, received by Henry County 911 operators, in which he said he was a block away from the scene. Police went to the home and found the children in pools of blood, Keller said.

Octavia Judon was not home at the time of the attack because she had gone out, possibly to the store, with the male acquaintance, Turner said. She started home after Porter called her cell phone saying Foster had called and said he was coming over, but she left the male friend somewhere else to avoid a conflict between the two.

Foster had been calling Judon since 8:30 p.m. the night before the killing.

Keller said that Porter has been taken off life support but is still in critical condition at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

"They are still not able to assess how permanent the injury is but the doctors believe there will be permanent damage," Keller said.

At the moment Keller's office has not decided whether it would seek the death penalty if Foster is convicted.