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District attorney Edwards seeks death penalty in baby’s murder

APD detectives lead Gregory Keith Evans, center, from the Law Enforcement Center to a police car. Evans is accused of murdering a 19-month-old.

APD detectives lead Gregory Keith Evans, center, from the Law Enforcement Center to a police car. Evans is accused of murdering a 19-month-old.

ALBANY — Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said he filed an order Friday to seek the death penalty for the murder of a 19-month-old child.

According to Albany Police Department reports, Gregory Keith Evans beat Janaysia Arnoney Stevenson several times. She died from multiple blunt-force trauma March 28.

“It was always my intention to seek the death penalty since there will be no resolution to the case without a trial,” Edwards said.

Evans remains in the Dougherty County Jail, a jail spokeswoman said. Also charged with murder in the case, the child’s mother, Chaitia Stevenson, is out on $10,000 bail, she added.

Edwards said in April that the child’s death could have been avoided if the child’s day care director, Glenda Ann Brown, had reported the chronic beatings that had gone on since January.

Grand jury indictments

In additional legal news, a Dougherty grand jury handed down indictments for malicious confinement and aggravated assault in an attempted poisoning.

According to reports, Jean Sancken’s relatives had her committed to a psychiatric ward although she was sane. Her attorney stepped in to stop it.

Carrie Lee Franklin, Carrie Townsend and Connie Lynn Justice, according to court papers, were indicted for lying and having Sancken committed because she was “a mentally ill and alcoholic person requiring involuntary treatment.”

Investigative reports state that the three were living at Sancken’s home. Sancken moved to have them evicted, and they retaliated by swearing she was mentally ill.

In another bizarre case, the grand jury indicted Amanda Symone Patterson for aggravated assault, family violence and giving a false written statement.

Comments

Moe 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd like to read more about the Sancken case. Sounds like a movie plot,

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