Trafficking illegal drugs and burglary round out the priority cases for Bartow Superior Court judges Shepherd Howell and Scott Smith who are set to hear a number of trials beginning today.
In Judge Scott Smith's court, a 2012 case for John David Dobbins is the first on the priority call. Dobbins is charged with theft by taking. Other cases to go before Judge S. Smith include: Robert Earl Randle, charged with child molestation and failure to appear; Bradley Stiner, charged with five counts of aggravated assault, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and criminal trespass; Dustin Ables, charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; Ernie Sullivan, charged with burglary and a double defendant case for Zachary Rampley and Lanny West, charged with burglary.
In Judge Shepherd Howell's court, a 2005 case is expected to be heard for Gaudencio Santos, charged with trafficking methamphetamine and failure to appear. Other cases to be tried before Judge Howell include: Jacqueline Crawford, charged with aggravated assault and theft by taking; Steven Carnes, charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to children; Jonathan Gill, charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, battery under the Family Violence Act and simple battery, also under the Family Violence Act; Labron Prescott, charged with two counts of battery under the Family Violence Act, cruelty to children, criminal trespass and interference with custody, and Shane Gregory Jr., charged with two counts of burglary.
All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. Jurors are to meet Monday at 9 a.m. in court room D. Jurors with questions may call Gary Bell, clerk of Superior Court, at 770-607-6333.