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Learning to hit a lick Part II

The first part of "Learning to Hit a Lick," chronicled a teenager's passage from strip club dancer to murderous prostitute. This week, the story picks up minutes after the shooting deaths of Ray Goodwin and Claudell "Doc" Christmas.

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"But we'll keep an open mind on it," Clegg says, "because I would like nothing better to prosecute if in fact we believe he's guilty of a crime."

The other surprise was Gloria Twitty. Her mind began to change when Falicia apologized. "At that moment, I saw Falicia Blakely as a little girl, not as a killer. She is a little girl who was corrupted. I just wanted to go up there and hug her. Not because of nothing that her defense attorney said. But when she said she was sorry, that meant more to me than anything she could say or do."

Gloria reached the conclusion that what Falicia said in court, she meant. "I think I have to look at the definition of forgiveness. Because I really do think I forgive her" [44].

Falicia remains in DeKalb County Jail. She's waiting for Pumpkin's trial, which is scheduled to start in May. She's supposed to testify against her. Falicia will then be sent to prison. She says she wants to spend the limited number of years she has left helping young people like her from ending up the way she did. She hopes to start with her son. The 3-year-old already is asking questions that can only be answered with: "No, Mikaele, I'm never coming home. Mommy was bad."

"I want somebody to look at my situation," she says. "I'm 20. And, according to many, I'm never going to touch ground again. And I'm infected with a virus, which of course means I probably will live half of my years. People are looking at me like I'm just apathetic. I don't have no heart, no feelings, and I didn't have no motive. And that's not true. And I don't want it to go down in history that that's the type of person I am. I don't want people to think that I'm just evil.

"These women, these young girls, these people out there doing whatever for means of surviving really don't think about what they're doing. Those streets are so real. I met so many people out there that would just hit a lick. Everybody's trying to get somebody. When you're in there, that's the moment. You're willing to do whatever you got to do to get it. And don't nobody never just think about the life that you're taking."

mara.shalhoup@creativeloafing.com

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