Jury finds man not guilty of aggravated battery, obstruction against cop
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A man charged with aggravated battery and obstruction of police was found not guilty Wednesday.

Jensen Clifford Hovarth had been charged with numerous counts after he allegedly kicked Adairsville Police Officer Tim Minter in the knee and injured a second officer’s hand when they attempted to arrest him Jan. 21, 2013.

According to information at the time, officers stopped Hovarth on Cherry Street after spotting him behind Adairsville Supermarket. During the encounter, an officer was checking Hovarth for weapons when he recovered a methamphetamine pipe in Hovarth’s jacket pocket. As the officers attempted to arrest him, Hovarth became combative.

Beginning Tuesday in Judge Scott Smith’s courtroom, the jury on Wednesday returned not guilty verdicts on two counts of aggravated battery and obstruction of an officer.

According to a release from the District Attorney’s Office, several cases seeking a jury trial in Smith’s courtroom were disposed of through guilty pleas.

After a trial jury was selected and testimony was received from the state’s first witness, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brandon Howerton, Kelly Elizabeth Ecker entered a plea of guilty to driving under the influence of drugs. She was sentenced to 12 months, to serve the three days incarcerated and the remaining balance on probation. Ecker must complete 240 hours of community service; DUI and substance abuse risk evaluations; pay court-appointed attorney fees in the amount of $250; a fine of $1,250 and the additional surcharges.

Ashley Nicole Nipper entered guilty pleas to charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, receiving a total sentence of five years to serve on probation, and the requirement that Nipper complete 40 hours of community service and pay fines totaling $1,500, plus the additional surcharges.

Marjeanna Gwen Bryant pled guilty to driving under the influence of drugs. She was sentenced to 12 months, to serve 24 hours incarcerated and the remainder on probation. Bryant must complete 40 hours of community service, DUI risk reduction course and pay a fine of $650 and all additional surcharges.

In Judge Carey Nelson’s courtroom, the following cases sought a jury trial but were disposed of through pleas:

• Jolanda Ladell Bryant pled guilty to two counts of sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug-related items and possession of marijuana. She was sentenced to 20 years, to serve five and the remainder on probation. Bryant must complete the drug evaluation and treatment program, along with 80 hours of community service, pay court-appointed attorney fees in the amount of $750 and fines totaling $5,000, plus the additional surcharges.

• Dustin James Brookshire entered guilty pleas to charges of rape and burglary, receiving a total sentence of 30 years, to serve seven incarcerated and the remaining balance on probation. He can have no contact with the victim and must abide by sex offender conditions of probation, pay court-appointed attorney fees in the amount of $750 and fines totaling $1,000, plus the additional surcharges.