By: Tilly Dillehay Editor
October 9, 2013
Judge David Durham presided over General Sessions and Circuit Court trials this week and last week. Dozens of cases were heard, several sentencing hearings were held, and dozens of indictments were also handed down.
Among the highest profile cases:
Tobey Wettig was indicted for one count of aggravated assault and five counts of reckless endangerment. These charges are related to the shooting of Tommy Hillard at the intersection of Ellington and Church Street on March 14 of this year. Hillard survived the gunshot wound to the neck, but schools were shut down for a day as law enforcement looked for the mysterious shooter.
Shortly thereafter, they reported that the gunman had turned himself in. He told investigators that a motorist had driven too close to him on the road, and that this had angered him. He said that he'd stopped in his own driveway just down the road, parked, and shot in the direction of the intersection. The bullet hit Tommy Hillard at random. Wettig will be arraigned on October 18.
Brian Osborne was sentenced to 20 years in a sentencing hearing on Monday, October 7. Osborne was convicted of aggravated arson on February 7 of this year, for setting a gas can on fire on the back porch of a local residence while a family was asleep inside. This incident occurred in April of 2011. Osborne will serve out 100% of this sentence.
Anthony Summers pled guilty to one count of aggravated assault. Summers was indicted in June of this year for attempted 2nd degree murder. These charges are related to the stabbing of Mary Louise Ward in February of this year. This incident occurred in a domestic environment, and was apparently influenced by alcohol. Summers was sentenced to serve five years.
Jarrod Copas pled guilty to three counts of aggravated statutory rape in General Sessions Court, and will be sentenced on February 3, 2014.
Chico Knight pled guilty to one count of aggravated statutory rape and was sentenced to serve five years. Knight is already serving six years for prior charges, so he now has a 10 year sentence. He will now be entered into the sex offender registry.
James Lyons pled guilty to promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. He was originally charged with five counts of initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine—a more serious charge. He was sentenced to serve four years for each of these charges, consecutively—for a four year total sentence.
Brandon Stewart pled guilty to statutory rape and was sentenced to two years suspended sentence. He will not be entered into the sex offender registry.