Wednesday, February 24th saw the another day here in the court system of Troup County and another list of guilty party’s that were seen by Judge Blackmon’s criminal non-jury and bond hearing calendars. Many people were in court this day to find out the fate for the crimes.
Perhaps the most hostile case of the day was that of Deshaddix Lamonte Godfrey.
Back on September 17, 2015, authorities reported to calls of a domestic disturbance at North Cary Street. When they arrived, they found Godfrey and his girlfriend who was claiming that everything was alright.
Once they realized who Godfrey was and that he already had several violent felony warrants, including Aggravated Assault and Kidnapping, they tried to take him into custody. Things took a turn for the worse. Godfrey became furious, wanting more information on his warrants. Eventually after a struggle, officers were able to handcuff Godfrey and get him outside, at which point he refused to even put on his own shoes, demanding someone else put them on him.
On the way to the patrol car, he let his body become limp and officers had to carry him to the car. Inside the car, he refused to let his seatbelt be buckled and laid across the entire back seat of the car. He then began attempting to kick out the window in the back. After officers restrained him, he spit in one of the officer’s face. He yelled and screamed during the entire transport and had to be physically removed from the car. Once in the holding cell, he began threatening to kill himself if they did not book him more quickly. As they tried to put him in a restraining device, he bit one of the officers. All in all, Godfrey was aggressive and violent the entire process of his arrest.
Back in court on the 24th, he was there to request a motion to lower his bond. Currently, it is set at $61,000. After hearing all of the horrible things that Godfrey had done, he swiftly and decisively decided to deny this motion. It seems as if though Godfrey will remain in jail for the time being.
There were also many other cases heard on this day in court. There were seven people on trial that were all there to either request a public defender or say that they were going to represent themselves. Other crimes were also accounted for such as the following:
• Ronald Bakari Bell pled guilty to a Probation Violation. He was originally convicted of a DUI as he was found asleep in his car under the influence. He was credited with the time he had already served and was put back on probation.
• Catherine Dana Harvey pled guilty to a Probation Violation. She was originally convicted of Possession of Oxycodone and Drugs Not Being in their Original Container. She was ordered to complete the drug program at Pathways as well as probation.
• Consuallo Ransom pled guilty to Probation Violation. He was originally convicted of Battery, Cruelty to Children, Assault, Driving with a Suspended License, and several other violent charges. His probation was revoked and he will remain in jail.
• Terrance Dowell Jr. pled guilty to Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm During a Felony, and Drug Related Objects. He was sentenced to 10 years probation, community service, and fines.
• Nicole White pled guilty to Cruelty to Children in the second degree. She was sentenced to 10 years probation and to complete parenting classes over the next three years.
• Juan Lopez was denied a motion to set a bond as he is still on probation and was accused of gang affiliation.
• Odillio Garcia Gomez was denied a motion to have his bond lowered from $24,000 for his charges of burglary and gang affiliation.
There were also some other bond hearings and a trial that will hopefully have more developments in the future. Check back here soon for more on what all is happening in the court systems here in Troup County.
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer