March a busy time for trials
The end of March is a busy time for the Newton County Judicial Center, with several trials, including those for murder, coming before the Superior Court judges.
Superior Court Judge Eugene M Benton is scheduled to hear the cases of Jordan Michael Coleman and Candice Cadasha Pope, two of the three people charged in the death of 44-yearold Alvin Michael Hall, whose charred remains were found in a burning car on New Year’s Eve 2010.
Darrell Antonio Crowder, who originally pleaded guilty but later requested a trial which was denied by Benton, will get his trial after the Supreme Court granted his request, overturning the decision made in 2010 by Benton. Crowder is charged with 17 counts related to the murder of his 43- year-old estranged wife Catcilia. She was shot to death in her Newton County home Jan. 16, 2008.
Annie Rose EvansGlodowski is facing charges of first and second degree vehicular homicide and some traffic charges after her vehicle strayed into the lane of 67-year-old Larry John Marchesseau, who was killed instantly when his vehicle was hit head on in 2009.
Finally, Roland Lebaron Wilson will face charges of murder after he reportedly struck 21year-old William Okafor in the head with a brick, resulting in an injury that later led to his demise.
Along with those cases, Benton is scheduled to hear the 2009 case of Steven Michael Babaz, who is charged with two counts of obscene contact with a child; Travis Lee Harris, who is charged with three counts of sexual battery on a child under 16, two counts of child molestation and aggravated sexual battery; Darius Lamar Love, who is accused of rape, aggravated child molestation, statutory rape and enticing a child for indecent purposes; James Hobert Sutton IV, charged with child molestation and sexual battery on a child under 16; and Nico Alexander Dietrich, who is charged with rape, two counts of aggravated sodomy, two counts of aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and statutory rape.
Douglas Lamar Cocchi and Timothy Oneal Faulkner are charged with aggravated stalking and scheduled to be heard this month, as are Dewey Lane Dietzel who is charged with failure to register as a sex offender; Mark Anthony Williams who is charged with being a peeping Tom; Cedrick Watson who is charged with insurance fraud and arson and Andrea Hammond, the Newton County Home Builders Association’s former executive officer, who was originally charged with 98 counts of theft by conversion. She is currently going to trial on one felony charge of identify fraud.
Chief Superior Court Judge John M. Ott is scheduled to hear the murder case against Ricky Smith next week, who is charged with shooting Tajuana Lashawn Stroud in 2009. Smith allegedly shot Stroud, along with his brother Steven Cadet Smith (who did not die) at a home on Ga. Highway 162.
Also scheduled for Ott’s courtroom is the trial of Geremy Charles Wise, charged with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes, and Daniel Lee Hicks, charged with four counts of child molestation.