Alleged gang trials go in front of Ozburn
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.