Jurors assembled in the Charlotte Wilson conference room at the Government Center Feb. 1-3 to decide if the bills of indictment brought to them by the district attorney’s office are indeed crimes that need to be pursued. The cases range from felonies to misdemeanors and include the all too numerous drug charges, as well as charges of involuntary manslaughter, motor vehicle theft, forgery, identity theft, robbery, and rape.
Angel Lynn Barrett was indicted for involuntary manslaughter following a shooting that took the life of 21-year-old John Stephen Spires Sept. 8, 2009. Spires was shot while Barrett was holding the gun. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene with the cause of death given as a single gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators said they believed that both drugs and alcohol were factors in the shooting.
David Recardo Beasley was indicted on the felony charge of criminal attempt to commit robbery by intimidation and the misdemeanor charge of theft by shoplifting for an incident that took place Dec. 22 at Lo Bucks convenience store. According to an article in The Jones County News, Beasley and a 15-year-old juvenile attempted to take a woman’s purse and pull her from her car without realizing that her husband was inside the vehicle.
When the husband made his presence known, the suspects ran and were arrested by a Macon police officer who happened to be in the area when the crime was reported. Investigators said the men told the victim they had a gun, but no weapon was found.
Deante Gholston, 19, was indicted on the charge of armed robbery. The crime occurred March 5 at the Subway located on the small portion of Shurling Drive, which is in Jones County. The robbery was caught on the store’s video, and Gholston was arrested March 10 by the Macon Police Department after he allegedly committed another armed robbery in Macon.
Richie Green was indicted on three counts of child molestation. He was arrested on the charge Jan. 22 following an incident involving a 10-year-old juvenile.
Carlton Lewis Palmer Jr., 25, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts. He was arrested Aug. 13 following an altercation with his wife. A deputy responding to the call said he found his wife beaten and bloody when he arrived. The victim’s hands had been stomped to the point that her rings had to be cut from her fingers. Palmer had left the scene when the officer arrived but was arrested a short time later by another deputy.
Jeffery Kent Rader was indicted for the lesser charge of improper backing. Rader was no billed, which means he was not indicted, on the charge of vehicular homicide for his role in the death of William Jackson Parker. The accident took place Sept. 20 as Rader was attempting to turn his pickup truck around while pulling a trailer at a low spot in the road. The trailer was across the road when Parker crested the hill on his motorcycle. Parker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thirty-nine of the indictments belong to suspects in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) charge as a result of an operation that spanned four months and included six law enforcement agencies. The arrests took place between the dates of March 3-6.
According to an article in The Jones County News, the case was initiated following a traffic stop by Jones County Deputy Harley Davis when the officer stopped a vehicle for speeding, then went beyond the traffic stop and seized a significant quantity of methamphetamine.
The investigation was taken over by Robert Reece and Gerry Nelson and before its conclusion included Jones County investigators, the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Macon Police Department, and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. The Butts and Twiggs County Sheriff’s Departments also assisted with picking up suspects.
The March arrests netted 12 ounces of methamphetamine, $43,000 in cash, and 16 vehicles.
A complete list of last week’s indictments may be found on Open Records, page B7, in this week’s edition.