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Court Updates August 3

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POSTED: August 18, 2007 5:04 a.m.
The following cases will be presented to the grand jury when it meets in September.

• Latasha Jackson (Murder)
Jackson is accused of stabbing Roosevelt Buchannan, 73, in the stomach and then fleeing in his car on Oct. 19, 2006. She faced charges of theft by taking of an automobile and aggravated assault. The assault charge later turned to felony murder when Buchannan died in the hospital from the inflicted wound about three weeks after the incident.

• Christopher Lamar Fletcher (Robbery, sodomy)
Fletcher is accused of strong-armed robbery and sodomy in connection with the attack of a store clerk in the March 13 robbery at the Ok-Cha Beauty Supply store. Police arrested Fletcher within hours of the incident.

• Richard Geiger (Murder)
Geiger was arrested in Bulloch County and faces a murder charge for his alleged involvement in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend, Rosie Smith, on March 6. Her body was found in a hallway closet at her Raintree apartment.

• Julie Barnard (Arson, aggravated assault)
Julie Barnard was charged with one count of first-degree arson and five counts of aggravated assault in what police believe was a murder-suicide attempt. Barnard reportedly set fire to the home where her estranged husband and children were sleeping May 31, 2007. When the children woke up to the smoke alarms, it was reported Julie Barnard gathered them in a bedroom and asked them to pray together. The eldest daughter is credited with saving herself and her siblings by breaking out a window and helping them escape the blaze. John Barnard was able to exit the house by pushing out a window unit air conditioner and crawling to safety. Julie Barnard fled the scene after dropping the children off at Liberty Regional Medical Center where her daughter was treated for injuries. Barnard was arrested later that evening after she was seen wandering the roadways in Ludowici and threatening suicide with a gun.

Motions hearing
Corey Brown  (Cruelty to children, murder)
There is a scheduled motions hearing Sept. 7, for Corey A. Brown. Brown and his girlfriend, Andrea Wilson, are charged with several counts of cruelty to children and murder for their alleged involvement in the death of 3-year-old Prince Davis. Wilson and Brown are being tried separately but the state is seeking the death penalty for both of them.
 

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