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Indictments for murder, child porn, molestation

ALBANY, Ga. -- Indictments from the Dougherty Judicial Circuit grand jury on four cases Wednesday include murder, serious crimes to children and an attack on a police officer.

Indicted for murder, Monty Caren Simpson stands accused of beating Beverly Jean Williams, 51, to death in a Dollar Inn motel room, March 11, said Greg Edwards, district attorney.

The cause of death was blunt-force trauma, according to Albany Police Department reports. Police reports did not name the weapon.

"He has not at this point asked to take a plea," Edwards said.

A teacher at Sherwood Christian Academy when he was arrested in March, Shawn Elliott Baxley, 35, was indicted on a charge of child molestation stemming from an alleged 2008 act with a 13-year-old girl, Edwards said.

Baxley no longer works as a Bible studies or geometry teacher and sports coach at the school, it was reported.

"It (the alleged act) has nothing to do with Sherwood or Mr. Baxley's job as a teacher and had nothing to do with the campus," said Capt. Craig Dodd, of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office just after the arrest.

Ricky Randle, 28, and Regina Jay, 26, were indicted on conspiracy charges involving more than 100 counts of child-sex charges, said Heather Lanier, chief assistant district attorney.

Randle had previously been indicted in Dougherty County on various charges such as 100 counts of child pornography and child molestation. Jay was previously indicted on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child for giving Randle access to a 6-year-old girl.

Randle was sentenced to 25 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a 4-year-old girl in a Mitchell County case, Lanier said.

In another case, Artanza Jones, 27, was indicted by the grand jury for aggravated assault on a Dougherty County Police Officer May 5, Edwards said.

Jones had been sought for speeding on Jefferson Street, police reports stated. She pulled her Pontiac behind a residence on Lovers Lane Road.

"When patrolman Lynn Davis attempted to get her out of the vehicle, she backed out and almost struck him and did strike his patrol car," county police Capt. James Sexton said in May. "She attempted to pull forward and back up again nearly striking Patrolman Davis twice."