March a busy time for tri­als

The Covington News - - Local - AM­BER PITTMAN Staff Re­porter

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.

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