Superior Court starts hearing cases today
by Shaka S. Lias
Dec 13, 2010 | 3945 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Today begins Bartow County Superior Court's trial calendar.

Deputy District Attorney Mickey Thacker said that of the numerous cases on the calendar there are four that he thinks are "high priority for concern" for presiding judges Shephard L. Howell and David Smith.

In Courtroom A, Judge Howell is expected to start the case of Jonathan Bacchus, 44, who was indicted in May 2009 on charges of child molestation, rape, incest and cruelty to children.

According to the indictment, Bacchus allegedly had sexual intercourse with blood relatives. The incident involved three different relatives over a lengthy time period. The indictment alleges he had sexual relations with one victim from age 7 until she turned 12.

Cartersville police became aware of the allegations on April 16, 2009, when a case worker from Department of Family and Children Services alerted them of the allegations.

Stephen Julius Toth, 33, is also expected to stand before Howell.

Toth was indicted in September on three counts of child molestation. The incident allegedly happened between January 2007 and 2009.

In Courtroom B with Judge Smith, Thacker said the court could sound the case of 22-year-old Jamie Evans Jr. to start.

Evans was indicted in February on aggravated sodomy, attempted rape, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated assault and battery charges. The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred on April 8, 2009. The indictment alleges that Evans went to the victim's home, choked her with a shoelace while forcing her into a bedroom and removing her clothes.

Judge Smith also is expected to start the trial of Stephen Michael Kutas, 45, who was indicted in September on six counts of aggravated assault, six counts of false imprisonment and six counts of terroristic threats. The alleged incident happened July 21 and involved six victims.

On Sept. 21, counsel for Kutas filed a motion for him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Kutas is accused of holding the victims in confinement and detaining them without legal authority. The indictment also alleges that he threatened to kill the victims.

The trials are set to begin at 9 a.m.