The week of January 29--February 2, 2018 will be criminal jury trials, with the Honorable James E. Hardy presiding, in Courtroom #1 of Thomas County Judicial Center. See below for a list of cases, closer to the date.
The jury summons you receive in the mail will tell you what time and to which floor of the Courthouse you should report. Please bring it with you when you come to jury duty. Do not wear shorts of any design, and dress appropriately for court. Be sure the Court has your correct address. Your attendance is required by law unless legally deferred. No electronic devices are allowed in the courtroom.
Jury trials generally last all or a portion of one week. The Judge will tell you when to return on subsequent days. Every step will be taken to keep you at the Courthouse for as short a time as possible when not involved in the trial of a case.
Should you have any questions or need any assistance, please speak to the bailiff or security officer. You may also call the Clerk of Court office at 229-225-4108 for further questions regarding jury duty. Three days prior to reporting, you should call the Clerk's office at 584-2888 for reporting instructions.
The right to jury trials is a fundamental right in our democratic society. It is immemorial; it was brought from England to this country by the colonists, and it became the birthright of every citizen of this country. This right is dear to the American people -- it should be zealously guarded.
Your service as jurors is both a privilege and a civil duty. Be ever vigilant to protect the jury system. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.
Cell phones are not allowed in the Courtrooms. Please keep your cell phone at home, or in your vehicle during Court.
*JANUARY 29, 2018
HONORABLE JAMES E. HARDY, PRESIDING
MS. SUSAN GRIFFIN, COURT REPORTER
COURTROOM #1, JUDICIAL CENTER
WADE JOE JACKSON: MALICE MURDER; FELONY MURDER; AGGRAVATED ASSAULT; BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE (JAMES L. PRINE,II/HAYDEN L. WILLIS/THOMAS V. DUCK, III)
ARSHUN JURHOD RICHARDSON: AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY; AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION, 2 COUNTS; CHILD MOLESTATION (CATHERINE M. SMITH/DON LYLES)
TREVUS DEMARQUIS BROWN, AKA TREY: BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE (CATHERINE M. SMITH/DON LYLES)
JERRY D. TIDWELL: AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, FAMILY VIOLENCE; TERRORISTIC THREATS; SIMPLE BATTERY, FAMILY VIOLENCE (ROBERT R. AUMAN/BRIANA LOVETT)
EDWARD COLE UPTON: BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE; BURGLARY 2ND DEGREE; ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE, 3 COUNTS (ROBERT R. AUMAN/BRIANA LOVETT)
MATTHEW CHASE ALDREDGE: BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE; BURGLARY 2ND DEGREE; THEFT BY TAKING, 2 COUNTS; ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE, 3 COUNTS; FINANCIAL TRANSACTION CARD FRAUD (ROBERT R. AUMAN/BRIANA LOVETT)
BRANDON WAYNE HEMBREE: BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE; BURGLARY 2ND DEGREE; ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE, 3 COUNTS; THEFT BY TAKING (ROBERT R. AUMAN/BETSY WHITTINGHILL)
WARREN KEITH HARRELL: TERRORIST THREATS (ROBERT R. AUMAN/W. EDWARD MEEKS, JR.)
TAURIAN JOAVON WERTS: ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE, 7 COUNTS (ROBERT R. AUMAN/NATHANIEL T. HAUBABROOK, II)
BRYCE NICOLES JONES: ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE, 7 COUNTS (ROBERT R. AUMAN/NATHANIEL T. HAUBABROOK, II)
EARNISTINE YATES: CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT EXPLOITATIN OF DISABLED ADULT; ABUSE OF DISABLED ADULT, 17 COUNTS; FALSE IMPRISONMENT, 12 COUNTS; KIDNAPPING, 2 COUNTS; UNLICENSED PERSONAL CARE HOME (CATHERINE M. SMITH/CHRISTOPHER K. RODD)
UNDRE SHERROD HATCHETT: ARSON 1ST DEGREE (CATHERINE M. SMITH/CHRIS AMBROSE)
KEJMAR MOYENDA COE: AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (CATHERINE M. SMITH/RICK D. COLLUM)
MARCUS ANTONINE YOUNG: VIOLATION OF STREET GANG TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT; ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE, 3 COUNTS (CATHERINE M. SMITH/DON LYLES)
OCTAVIUS MARKEIS WILLIAMS: VIOLATION OF STREET GANG TERRORISM PREVENTIN ACT; ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE, 3 COUNTS (CATHERINE M. SMITH/JASON MOON)
FERNANDEL CLARK: ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE (CATHERINE M. SMITH/DON LYLES)
ODESSA WALDEN SUTTON: CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE STATE OR POLITICAL SUBDIVISION (CATHERINE M. SMITH/DON LYLES)
RENE BOYD WILLIAMS: CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE STATE OR POLITICAL SUBDIVISION (CATHERINE M. SMITH/BETSY WHITTINGHILL)
MELISSA ROSE THIBODEAU: FORGERY 3RD DEGREE (CATHERINE M. SMITH/BETSY WHITTINGHILL)
KEYDARIUS DAYSHUN WALDEN: SEXUAL BATTERY AGAINGST A CHILD UNDER 16 (CATHERINE
M. SMITH/BETSY WHITTINGHILL)
ANDREW THOMAS BOOKER: POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (ROBERT R. AUMAN/PUBLIC DEFENDER)
EDWARD MICHAEL SANCHEZ: FORGERY IN THE FIRST DEGREE (ROBERT R. AUMAN/BRIANA LOVETT)
A'ZENDE AUSTIN: THEFT BY TAKING; FLEEING OR ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE A POLICE OFFICER; HIT AND RUN (ROBERT R. AUMAN/BRIANA LOVETT)
LASHONE RENISE PAYTEE: POSSESSION COCAINE; OBSTRUCTION OF OFFICER; ENDANGERING A CHILD WHILE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (ROBERT R. AUMAN/BRIANA LOVETT)
MICHAEL BRADLEY ANDERSON: BURGLARY 2ND DEGREE; THEFT BY TAKING (ROBERT R. AUMAN/BRIANA LOVETT)