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POSTED: October 18, 2007 5:05 a.m.
The following cases were brought before the newly empanelled grand jury:

State vs. Julie Lynette Barnard


The grand jury has indicted Julie Lynette Barnard on one count of arson in the first degree and five counts of aggravated assault.
Barnard is accused of starting a fire at the home of her estranged husband, John Barnard, in an apparent murder-suicide plot in the early morning hours of May 30.
Along with John Barnard, their four teen-age children, John, Jeremiah, Jarelle and Brittany were inside the residence on Dolly Jane Lane in Gum Branch.
It was reported that instead of trying to get her children to safety, Barnard gathered them together in the eldest daughter’s bedroom and asked them to pray. In an act of heroism, Brittany Barnard used a mini-stereo system to break open the bedroom window and help her brothers and mother escape harm. In doing so, she cut her hand, requiring surgery. Barnard fled the scene after dropping her children off at the hospital. John Barnard escaped the fire by pushing out an air conditioning unit from his room and crawling to safety. Warrants were issued for Barnard and she was later found wandering the streets in Long County and threatening to commit suicide.
Barnard had a preliminary bond hearing Aug. 27 before Judge David L. Cavender. Cavender ordered a forensic mental health evaluation for Barnard who is currently housed at the Liberty County jail.
A trial date was tentatively set for Dec. 10 before Judge Robert Russell.

State vs. Latasha Jackson

The grand jury indicted Latasha Jackson on one count of malice murder, one count felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of theft by taking - motor vehicle.
The charges stemmed from Jackson’s alleged involvement in the stabbing and eventual death of Roosevelt Buchannan on Oct 19, 2006 at his Azalea street home in Hinesville.
According to a Hinesville police report, Jackson called an acquaintance and asked her to check on Buchannan because she had cut him after they had an argument. The acquaintance, Kendra Williams, reported she drove to Buchannan’s house but called 911 from the driveway and did not go into the residence.
When police arrived, they found the front door slightly ajar and Buchannan lying in a pool of blood in the living room.
One of Buchannan’s neighbors reported seeing Buchannan’s vehicle leave the residence earlier “in a hurry.”
Buchannan was taken to Memorial Health in Savannah where he died about four weeks later.
Jackson was found in a wooded area near Buchannan’s abandoned vehicle and arrested. Her trial is tentatively set for Dec. 10 before Judge Russell.

State vs Shaun P. Martin

Shaun P. Martin was indicted on one count of manufacturing marijuana, two counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
His trial is scheduled for Dec. 10, in front of the Judge Robert Russell.
Martin was arrested on Aug. 1 after the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force served him with a search warrant for his 140-acre estate at 1005 Seabrook Island Drive in Midway.
MACE agents discovered eight pounds of packaged marijuana in a garbage bag hidden inside a plant potter, 37 marijuana plants throughout his estate’s yard and drug paraphernalia inside his home.
Martin claimed the marijuana was for personal use and cooperated with Mace during the investigation. He was released from the Liberty County jail Aug. 7 after posting a $20,000 cash bond.
 

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