Al­leged gang tri­als go in front of Ozburn

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SAN­DRA BRANDS sbrands@cov­

Re­quest­ing a speedy trial, Patty Wanda Green will re­turn to court in Septem­ber to de­fend against charges of rack­e­teer­ing and con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der.

Green, 57, along with three other de­fen­dants in the same case, ap­peared be­fore New­ton County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Sa­muel D. Ozburn on Thurs­day. Green was de­nied bond, and the case is set to go to court on Sept. 21.

The tri­als of Jason Con­way Barnes, Sara El­iz­a­beth Evans, Dustin Dy­lan Glass and Regina Gail Henry have been con­tin­ued un­til Aug. 6. Chad Ash­ley Allen’s case was deemed ready to go to trial, though a date has not yet been set.

All six were in­dicted on four counts of rack­e­teer­ing in Jan­uary, and pled not guilty on April 9.

The 41-count in­dict­ment charged Allen, Glass, Green and Eric Bernard Ran­dolph with one count of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, seven counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and 14 counts of crim­i­nal street gang-re­lated acts.

Allen, con­victed in 2013 of the mur­der of Robert An­drew “Drew” Ni­chols and sen­tenced to life in prison, al­legedly con­spired with the oth­ers to mur- der wit­ness Chad­wick Lit­tle, who’d tes­ti­fied against Allen in the mur­der case. Glass and Ran­dolph fired mul­ti­ple shots at the home where Lit­tle and seven other peo­ple were stay­ing. It is be­lieved Allen’s mother, Green, paid Glass and Ran­dolph af­ter the shoot­ing.

The in­dict­ment also charges the six de­fen­dants with in­volve­ment in the Ghost Face Gang­sters, a pre­dom­i­nately white males with vi­o­lent crim- inal his­to­ries thought to be op­er­at­ing both in­side and out­side the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions fa­cil­i­ties. Doc­u­ments de­scrib­ing the gang’s by­laws, mot­tos, creeds, mem­ber­ship in­for­ma­tion, sym­bols and other in­for­ma­tion were found dur­ing a Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions search of Green’s house in Cony­ers.

Green, Barnes, Allen and oth­ers were also charged with con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute metham­phetamines from in­side the prison, white Green and Lisa Faye Hall were ac­cused of smug­gling the con­tra­band into the prison.

The in­dict­ment came af­ter nine-month long in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing 11 agen­cies, in­clud­ing the New­ton County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, and the New­ton and Rock­dale County Sher­iff’s of­fices.

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