Last updated: March 18. 2014 11:06AM - 1029 Views
By Tilly Dillehay, Editor tcryar@civitasmedia.com



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Several high profile cases will come up for trial in the next few weeks in Macon County.


Joseph Morgan Lawson will face first degree murder charges taken out against him on April 15, 2012. His trial is set for March 25-March 27. Lawson, 21 years old at the time of the incident, is accused of shooting and killing Donald Anderson, age 42, in a fit of jealousy.


Lawson will also face five counts of worthless check writing, one burglary charge, and one theft of property (value $500-$1,000). He was arrested on these charges and released on bail the day before the shooting of Anderson.


Danielle Jackson will be facing one charge of vehicular homicide on March 26. These charges were taken out against her in February of 2013, for the October 9, 2012 death of Matthew “Brett” Minchey. Minchey, riding a Harley motorcycle, was struck by a car Jackson was driving at the intersection Hwy 52 and College Street in Lafayette. He was pronounced dead on the scene.


Jackson told authorities at the time that she had been the victim of a hit and run in a nearby parking lot and was chasing the car down Hwy 52 at the time of the incident. Prosecutors are pointing out that she ran the stop sign, resulting in Minchey’s death.


Johnny Ray Swack is also scheduled for trial soon—on May 20-May 22 he will face first degree murder charges for the shooting of his wife. Swack’s case has been put off for several years, as claims of insanity sent him to a mental institution in 2012 until he was pronounced fit for trial last year. His late wife Reinalda Swack was shot in the head on September 7, 2011.


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