Wooden box case continued; other trials begin
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 04, 2011 | 2494 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A case considered high priority on Judge Scott Smith's trial calendar to begin this week has been continued until March.

Christopher and Heather Leslie were on the docket, each charged with six counts of cruelty to children and false imprisonment. The case stems from a March case where a 7-year-old was allegedly held in a wooden box and fed cayenne pepper.

According to Deputy District Attorney Mickey Thacker, the trial has been continued to allow defense attorneys to review newly received forensic evidence that recently came to light.

Meanwhile in Judge Carey Nelson's courtroom, the case of Devon Riley began.

Riley is charged with aggravated assault, battery and cruelty to children.

Jury selection and opening statements began shortly after lunch on Monday afternoon.

Riley was indicted last October in the case involving a child under 18.

According to the indictment on August 31, 2010, Riley assaulted her boyfriend with a knife causing visible bodily harm to the victim consisting of cuts and marks to the face and neck area.

The indictment states that Riley committed these acts in the presence of their daughter who saw or heard the committed battery.

The alleged victim took the stand Monday, testifying that Riley held a knife to his neck leaving a mark.

The victim said Riley also abused his daughter.

"She threw my child across the room and she landed in the La-Z-Boy" he testified.

He said their daughter currently lives with him.

A Bartow County deputy also testified he was dispatched to the Kingston address last August. He said when he arrived the victim seemed "shook up."

The deputy said he observed a cut from the victim's bottom ear to his neck line. The deputy said the wound was fresh and the victim also had defensive wounds.

He said EMS was called to the scene but the victim refused transport.

The deputy said he came in contact with Riley who seemed out of it.

He testified that every question he asked she was unable to answer.

"She would refer to an incident that happened three to six months ago," the deputy said.

The deputy said he asked her identifying information such as her name and date of birth, which she answered with no problems.

The deputy said based on the interviews and his observations of the scene, Riley was arrested,

The trail will continue Tuesday morning.

Later this week Judge Nelson is expected to begin the jury trial of a Metro PCS armed robbery that allegedly happened on July 29. Charged are Henry Antonio Taylor, Corey Mandrill Thompson and Kristy Nicole Richardson.

Other trials scheduled this week are Kurt Demon Reynolds, charged with possession of cocaine. and Joseph Clarence Langley, charged with criminal attempt child molestation, two counts of child molestation and aggravated child molestation.