ALBANY — The last Dougherty grand jury of 2011 set the stage for a death penalty murder case, indicted another defendent on a murder charge and handed down indictments on a quirky theft and a charge of elderly exploitation.
To seek the death penalty for Gregory Keith Evans, charged with killing a 19-month-old girl, District Attorney Greg Edwards had to file the malice and felony murder indictments again Wednesday.
“I had to file the aggravating circumstances in the case to ask the death penalty,” Edwards said. “The grand jury agreed with the circumstances and indicted him.”
According to court paperwork, the grand jury heard aggravating circumstances that called Janaysia Stevenson’s murder “outrageously and wantonly vile, horrible, inhuman and demonstrated the offender’s depravity of mind.”
The grand jury indicted Evans on two counts of murder for beating Janaysia so brutally that he rendered the girl’s “liver, right kidney, left kidney and large intestine” useless, killing her with blunt force trauma.
Evans also received indictments on four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of battery and one count of cruelty to children.
In another case involving the killing of a juvenile, the grand jury indicted Taiun Nigra Davis for felony murder in the shotgun slaying of 14-year-old James Anderson on Sept. 29.
According to court papers on the murder indictment, Davis, Dontavious S. Calloway and Torand J. Howard were indicted for a Sept. 29 pizza delivery armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the robbery and other charges.
In a quirky case, the grand jury indicted Kenya Tayyab Martin on robbery by sudden snatching and two counts of theft by taking.
According to a district attorney investigation, Martin met a woman through an online dating service. He then stole her car and went on a convenience store robbery spree to finance his drug habit, investigators said.
When it comes to low, it would be tough to beat the actions of John Henry Holmes who was indicted on elderly exploitation, Edwards said.
The grand jury indicted Holmes for exploiting his mother by stealing her Social Security number, name and date of birth to buy a Hummer, a Porsche and a Chrysler 300 T.
“This grand jury had a variety of cases to indict,” Edwards said. “They did a good job in service to their community.”