High profile burglary trial to begin next week
by Shaka S. Lias
May 13, 2011 | 3672 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The trial of Curtis Vincent Garner, Charles Edmond Hendrix and Jeffery Eugene Hale is expected to begin next week in Judge Scott Smith's courtroom.

According to the indictment, the men are each charged with three counts of armed robbery, five counts of aggravated assault, three counts of false imprisonment, one count of burglary and theft by taking.

In an earlier release, Sheriff Clark Millsap said three people at a Sutton Trail home were held at gunpoint and struck numerous times with a pistol and a flashlight. The suspects tied up one of the victims and took more than $12,000 in property, including cash, jewelry, a TV and a motorcycle.

A month after the alleged crime, Georgia State Patrol troopers were involved in a high-speed chase with the stolen motorcycle in Coweta County. The motorcycle was recovered and troopers arrested Hendrix, the operator of the bike. Investigators determined Garner was allegedly involved in the home invasion, and the stolen TV and several other items were recovered. A double-axle utility trailer, valued at more than $20,000, also was recovered.

Also on Judge Smith's calendar is the aggravated assault trial of Chad Andrew Pas. Pas also faces counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, simple battery, simple assault, attempted removal of a weapon from a public officer and possession of marijuana.

According to the indictment, filed on Feb. 11, Pas assaulted a Bartow County Deputy on Oct. 31, 2010. Pas allegedly attacked the deputy, fighting him as he attempted to detain the suspect. He also allegedly attempted to remove the deputy's firearm from his possession.

In addition to the charges involving the deputy, Pas is accused of assaulting a man with a knife and striking him on the head.

Judge Carey Nelson will preside over cases next week, including the aggravated child molestation case of Johnny Keith Dean Sr. He is accused of molesting a female under the age of 16 for three years.

According to an indictment filed Aug. 6, 2010, Dean is accused of committing the acts between Aug. 1, 2006, and May 16, 2009. The indictment states that he allegedly committed multiple sexual acts against the female. He is charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation and 10 counts of child molestation.

Nelson is also expected to preside over the trial of Rex Randall Swinney, who is charged with aggravated assault. It's alleged that between March 1 and May 31, 2009, Swinney committed immoral and indecent acts against a female under the age of 16.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of aggravated sexual battery, seven counts of child molestation, one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of simple battery. According to the indictment, filed Oct. 21, 2010, the simple battery charge is a result of Swinney allegedly making physical contact with the victim in an insulting and provoking nature by grabbing her.

Criminal trials will begin Monday at 9 a.m. after jury selection is complete.

-- Staff writers contributed to this story.