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Grand Jury resumes in Putnam

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Former Eatonton police officer indicted

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Unlike other happenings, the coronavirus pandemic never stopped crime, but it’s obvious that Eatonton-Putnam County authorities never stop fighting it, either.

A Putnam Grand Jury met last week and handed down indictments on more than 65 cases including the former Eatonton Police officer charged in the murder of his wife, several sexual crimes against children as well as other child abuse cases, violence against law enforcement officers, domestic abuse, home invasions and burglaries, thefts, and of course, drug crimes along with many others.

Although courts have remained open and functional during the pandemic, cases requiring a jury to convene were put on hold across the state in March, and reopened the middle of October with the requirement that COVID-19 safety regulations be followed.

District Attorney Stephen A. Bradley praised Clerk of Court Sheila Perry and Sheriff Howard R. Sills for their diligence in ensuring the jurors were kept safe from the possibility of contacting the virus. He also praised the grand jury members for their hard work and dedication Nov. 2-3. “We expected it to last until noon Wednesday, but they wanted to work through lunch and finished Tuesday,” he said.

Grand jurors consider sworn witness testimony and evidence to determine whether there is probable cause for that case to proceed to trial. An indictment carries no weight on the guilt or innocence of a defendant.

Last week’s indictments include:

Michael Seth Perrault – malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault – family violence, simple battery – family violence. Perrault, an Eatonton Police Officer at the time, reportedly pushed his wife, Amanda, on Jan. 28, which resulted in him being suspended from work. On Feb. 3, Perrault is accused of shooting his wife in the head with a .380 pistol and killing her in their home. He says she committed suicide.

Edward Donovan Hensley – three counts aggravated child molestation, rape, incest, child molestation.

William Grady Johns – 10 counts sexual exploitation of children. Johns was arrested when GBI authorities seized various electronic and digital devices Nov. 14, 2019 from his Blue Branch Road home that contained digital images of child sexual abuse.

Omar Ramirez – three counts aggravated child molestation.

Hunter Layne Harrison – two counts interference with government property, possession of contraband by inmate, and criminal attempt to commit escape. Harrison reportedly used a metal stool top to dig a remove a portion of a wall in the Putnam jail where he was being held. He also is accused of damaging a mattress, bed foam, bedding, and window; and of possessing a homemade knife, commonly called a shank, and two razor blades while an inmate.

Matthew Ryan Sauls – child molestation.

Antonio Craig Martin – two counts burglary in the second degree, theft by taking, theft by shoplifting. On Sept. 8-9, Martin reportedly stole alcohol and other items from Piggly Wiggly and 4 th Quarter Package Store, and a pickup truck and other items from Schremmer’s Auto Repair in Eatonton. He continued his crime spree in Sparta and Milledgeville, where he was shot by a police officer and now faces other charges there.

Bobby Lorenzo Copeland – sexual battery against a child under 16.

Hunter Layne Harrison – home invasion, aggravated assault, burglary in the first degree, two counts obstruction of an officer. On March 24, Harrison reportedly busted the glass of a porch and once inside the enclosed porch, used a barbell to break the glass in French doors and enter the house. The homeowner got his .45 pistol and reportedly shot Harrison in the arm, but that didn’t refrain Harrison from fighting violently with Putnam sheriff deputies Mark Adams and Paul Bernichon. Harrison was treated at Navicent Medical Center in Macon and upon his release from the hospital, was booked into Putnam jail.

Michael Craig Griffin – failure to register as a sex offender, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, sexual battery. On Feb. 27, Griffin reportedly had a registered address on Glennwood Springs Road, but was not living there. On March 6, he is accused of confining a woman, touching her inappropriately and attempting to strangle her.

Leonardo Cordon – sexual battery against a child under 16, child molestation.

Zavius Akeem Hargrove – two counts aggravated assault, false imprisonment, four counts obstruction of an officer, exploitation and intimidation of disabled adult, elder person, or resident, simple battery-family violence. Hargrove reportedly pushed his 85-year-old grandfather to the floor of the Wards Chapel Road home they shared, and held his 63-year-old aunt at knifepoint in the bathroom with the door closed. When law enforcement arrived, Hargrove is accused of using the knife against Sheriff Howard Sills, Chief Deputy Russell Blenk, Sgt. Justin Brock and Deputy Mark Adams to resist arrest .

Sheena Leeann Davis and Thomas Reed Ferguson – trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Christopher Alexis Hill (all counts) and Sally Anne Hill (counts 1-4) – possession methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession cocaine with intent to distribute, possession marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts sale of methamphetamine.

Kristen Rene Wall – two counts terroristic threats and two counts obstruction of an officer.

Richard James Hargrove – trafficking methamphetamine, sale of methamphetamine, possession of firearm during commission of a felony.

Sonya Lea Hill – two counts sale of methamphetamine, one count possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Quinterrius Jaquon Evans – possession of firearm during commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Andy Kirk Davis – two counts trafficking methamphetamine, illegal use of communication facility, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Marquielle Javantee Little – two counts sale of methamphetamine, two counts trafficking methamphetamine.

Rontavious Laman Crawford – three counts sale of cocaine, three counts illegal substances within 1,000 feet of a housing project (Lawson-Montgomery Homes).

James Leonard Purvis – four counts obstruction of an officer, simple battery, driving under the influence. When caught driving under the influence of alcohol, Purvis reportedly spit in Deputy Alfred Flores’ face and punched him, and failed to obey the lawful commands of jailers Daryll Welch and Jason Stewart.

Antwan Tramayne Andrews – two counts aggravated assault-family violence, burglary in the first degree, entering an automobile, robbery by force.

Melissa Ellen Kettler – possession of firearm by convicted felon.

Antonio Quenterius Adams – burglary in the first degree, kidnapping, simple battery-family violence, simple battery.

Usher Marcell Swain – aggravated assault, family violence.

Olbin Omar Lopez – three counts aggravated assault, criminal damage to property in the second degree. On July 11, Lopez is accused of driving a truck straight at a man and two women, and crashing into the man’s vehicle and porch.

David Willie Queen – attempt to obtain firearm by convicted felon.

Yusuf Ali Floyd – possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of more than one ounce of marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, driving under the influence (less safe, drugs).

Steven Lee Reid – aggravated assault, battery, cruelty to children in the third degree, criminal trespass.

Thomas Grady Hand (counts 1-3) and Linda Joyce Jones (counts 4-5) – making a false statement, five counts obstruction of an officer.

Gary Cook Brackett – two counts obstruction of an officer, DUI (less safe, alcohol), possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. On May 17, Bracket attempted to punch and threatened violence against Sgt. Justin Brock and Deputy Taylor Neal.

Timothy Mark Harwell – aggravated assault-family violence, two counts obstruction of an officer. Harwell reportedly poured gasoline on his wife on June 27 and threw a lighter on her.

Christopher Allen Byrd – two counts habitual violator, two counts driving under the influence (less safe, alcohol). Byrd reportedly drove on Scuffleboro Road under influence of alcohol and while his driver’s license had been revoked as a habitual violator, on March 3, and is accused of doing the same thing again on March 17 on MLK Jr. Drive.

Laura Lee Lawrence – aggravated assault.

Joseph Benjamin Aultman – two counts entering an automobile.

Janard Sharun Harris – aggravated assault

Dariaz Pierre Andrews – two counts aggravated assault, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, possession of firearm by convicted felon.

Brandon David Williams, Rebecca Doster Kelly, Thomas Elwood Bedgood, III – armed robbery, two counts aggravated assault. Acting together, the three reportedly used a BB handgun to rob a man of his cash on May 17 and hit him in the face with the gun and wrapped a cord around his neck.

Willie Clarence Ellington – aggravated assault.

Dessira Nasha Banks – possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, crossing the guard line with contraband.

Joe Lamon Smallwood, Jr. – theft by shoplifting. Between May 24 and June 28, Smallwood reportedly took food, tools, cleaning supplies, fishing and boating gear and accessories, a truck bed liner pool, plates and glassware, from Walmart.

Joshua Dale Biddix and Michael Jason Biddix – two counts identity fraud.

Davaccio Earlvonte Ingram – possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Clementa Odell Farley – theft by receiving stolen property, criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark.

Nathaniel Brian Stuart – burglary in the second degree.

Patrick Eugene Glover – battery, family violence.

Charlie Robert Rodriguez-Diaz – cruelty to children in the first degree, batteryfamily violence, cruelty to children in the third degree. On Oct. 20, Rodriguez-Diaz repeatedly hit his own child, which caused bruising, in presence of another child.

Tiquasha Lashun Reaves (count 1), Rikeem Shamar Stallings (count 2) – providing a firearm to a felony first offender probationer, possession of firearm by first offender probationer.

Damien Antoine Parham – three counts forgery in the fourth degree, theft by taking.

Stella Nicole Dean – two counts theft by taking, four counts identity fraud. Between Dec. 1, 2017 and Oct. 25, 2019, Dean reportedly took $25,000 or more from Putnam Finance; on Dec. 31, 2018, April 29, 2019, Sept. 9 and 25, 2019, she reportedly used other people’s names and identification to obtain cash.

Willie Little (counts 1-4) and Chinwe Nneka Umunna (count 5) – possession cocaine with intent to distribute, possession marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark, possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Jaquavus Jamar Milner – possession marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug related objects (scales).

Sergio Zabarees Foster – possession marijuana with intent to distribute.

Junelle Kevon Walker – possession marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance.

Bobby Lee Roberson, Anthony Demetrius Weaver, Tyrain Rogers – theft by taking, three counts entering an automobile.

Kenneth Reid Meyer (counts 1-5), Gregory Austin Meyer (counts 1-2), Nicholas Anthony Phillips (counts 1 and 6), Austin Bailey Clements (count 2) – burglary in the first degree, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of firearm by first offender probationer, possession of illegal weapon.

Damien Bernard Jones – 11 counts entering an automobile.

Tyah Angeliche Culp – aggravated assault.

Jimmy Dean Geick – obstruction of an officer, criminal damage to property in the second degree.

Allen Odell Melvin – identity fraud.

Bobby H. Ammons – terroristic threats (felony).

Clyde Edward Parham – two counts aggravated assault – family violence.

Omar Lydell Andrews – aggravated assault, criminal damage to property in the second degree.

Allen Linberg Martino – aggravated assault, criminal damage to property in the second degree, battery-family violence.