Alleged accused stand before jurors this week
by Shaka S. Lias
Mar 20, 2011 | 2705 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The March trial calendar begins Monday in Bartow County Superior Court with Judges Scott Smith and Carey Nelson presiding. According to District Attorney Mickey Thacker, a number of cases are high priority on their list. In Judge Smith's courtroom, the case of Christopher and Heather Leslie is expected to begin after being postponed during January's trial calendar.

The Leslies are alleged to have locked a 7-year-old boy in a wooden box as a form of punishment, Thacker said. The alleged abuse took place last March and came to light during a Department of Family and Children Services inquiry.

The couple was arrested, but have since bonded out. Christopher Leslie is charged with three counts of cruelty to children and three counts of false imprisonment. His wife is charged as party to a crime in each of those charges.

Also on Judge Smith's list is a drug case involving Jason Scott Goddard and three others. An indictment filed in August alleges that Goddard and Samantha Louise Lovingood distributed and sold marijuana near Cloverleaf Elementary on May 26 and June 10.

In addition, Kelly Bernard Story Jr. and Guadalupe Padron Flores are charged with possession of marijuana.

The rape trial of Vincent Michael Palamarni also is expected to begin. Palamarni is charged with rape, kidnapping, aggravated sexual battery and three counts of sexual battery. According to the indictment on Nov. 17, 2009, Palamarni raped the female victim in Bartow County.

In Judge Nelson's courtroom, numerous cases are expected including that of Ernest Joe Sanchez who is charged with aggravated sexual battery involving a child under the age of 16. The alleged crime happened between a two-year time period in 2004 and 2006. He also is charged with similar crimes against the same victim, happening between July 2006 and December 2009, as well as four counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of child molestation.

Trails will begin Monday at 9 a.m. after jury selection.