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Man pleads guilty rather than self representation
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jun 04, 2014 | 1608 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jones County man pled guilty to drug charges on the eve of a jury trial during which he was going to be representing himself.

Debarus Sherod Bowden, 29, was arrested Feb. 12, 2013, and charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of cocaine; three counts of VGCSA, sale of cocaine; and three counts of transactions in drug related objects.

Bowden was in court May 27 in front of Superior Court Judge Trent Brown because his case was first on the trial calendar.

The judge asked Bowden if he was represented by an attorney, and the defendant’s response was no. Brown asked why, and Bowden said he had not had enough time to get a lawyer.

Bowden was previously represented by attorneys Gregory Bushway and Keagan Waystack, but the firm was disqualified from the case April 15. The attorneys were Jones County prosecutors at the time of Bowden’s arrest and indictment, and the state filed a motion to have them disqualified from the case.

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