Liberty County Superior Court Judge D. Jay Stewart spent Monday busily working through the criminal court docket. Many of the cases he dealt with have been in the news before, but have surfaced again recently because of defendants’ requests for new trials, bond reductions and resentencing.
Andrea Renee Wilson
A Riceboro woman serving a life sentence for murdering her toddler cousin will remain in prison for life without the possibility of parole after a re-sentencing hearing Monday in Liberty Superior Court. Andrea Renee Wilson originally was sentenced in December 2010 after a jury found her and her codefendant, Corey Allan Brown, guilty in the murder of her cousin, Prince C. Davis, in 2007 at the couple’s Riceboro residence.
The couple was found guilty of two counts of felony murder and two counts of cruelty to children.
Wilson and Brown both requested new trials during a Feb. 24 hearing. The duo then appeared before Stewart, who, according to public records, reviewed Wilson’s request for a new trial and denied it May 7.
Wilson’s attorney, Robert Persse, also filed a motion to have Wilson’s sentenced reconsidered. Under the original indictments, Wilson was charged with two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of cruelty to children.
During their 2010 trial, Wilson and Brown both were found not guilty of the first two counts of malice murder, but guilty on all other charges.
During the resentencing hearing Monday, some of the murder charges were merged, but the end result didn’t reduce Wilson’s life sentence.
Brown’s attorney, Clare Nolan, filed a motion for a new trial last May, according to public records. Brown is expected in court for his motion hearing Aug. 11.
Stewart denied a bond reduction for Trevor Cushman-Clifton. The Fort Stewart soldier is in jail for allegedly killing a 3-year-old Hinesville girl in the 600 block of First Street in July 2011. His bond remains $150,000.
Bond was set at $12,000 for Damian Walthour.
Walthour was serving three year’s probation for driving a car during a January 2012 incident that resulted in the murder of T.J. Floyd. Walthour subsequently was arrested and charged with four counts of purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana at the beginning of the year, thereby revoking his probation. In June, he retained a new attorney, Joel Osteen.
A resentencing hearing was held for convicted murderer Richard Earl Geiger.
Geiger was convicted in 2010 for the March 2007 death of his girlfriend, Rosie Smith, in her Raintree Apartments home. Geiger took his case to the Supreme Court of Georgia. In May, the Supreme Court upheld the murder charges but vacated the aggravated-assault conviction. Geiger is serving life plus five.
Justin Deon Gordon
A motion to reduce bond was denied for defendant Justin Deon Gordon. Gordon was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Davis Williams Jr. in January 2013.
Williams died at Ernest and Corine’s Park on Lewis Frasier Road in Midway. He had been stabbed multiple times in the back as guests were leaving a birthday party. Gordon’s bond remains $75,000.