ALBANY, Ga. -- A presentment on the issue of consolidation of the Dougherty County Police Department and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, as well as indictments connected to dog fighting and child molestation incidents, were among the items handed down Wednesday by the Dougherty County Grand Jury.
Court documents show that there are more than a dozen people who have been indicted in connection to a dogfighting incident reported to have taken place at 5205 Dower Ave. on April 24, 2010.
Indicted were Michael Scott Bass, William Hawkins Burns, Arthur Lee Clark, Travis Jamon Davis, Roger Henry, Timothy Deasell Hopkins, Demitri Sherrod Jackson, Tedrick Juan Jackson, Demetrius Quintavious Jones, Cedric Benrad Lewis, Antonio Rodriquez Martin, Pamela Lynn Sutton, Derrick Dewaynes Williams and Mario Tremaine Wilson.
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said the case was initiated in 2010, but that the indictment is just now coming through because the case was intended to be prosecuted federally. The Dougherty Circuit put an indictment through in the meantime to preserve the state's prosecution, he said.
The defendants could face five years in federal prison if convicted, Edwards said.
Also in the presentment came a listing of recommendations from the Grand Jury, including one urging officials to seriously and aggressively pursue the evaluation of a possible merging of the Dougherty County Police Department with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office. The Grand Jury recommended that the Dougherty County School System take steps to enhance its disciplinary policy to avoid situations in which teachers might face criminal charges by trying to individually engage in classroom discipline.
Additionally, a trial date has been set for the case involving the shooting death of 20-year-old LaShelton Kernard Stanford on Feb. 14, 2010, at Brick House Productions on Schilling Avenue.
The trial has been set to start Jan. 28. At least two of the 11 defendants connected to the case are expected to go to trial on that date, Edwards said.
Among the other indictments handed down Wednesday were against Sederrick Culbreth and his girlfriend, Shameka Davis.
Culbreth was arrested in October following a June 12 incident in which he initially claimed to have been a robbery victim. Authorities say Culbreth was involved in a struggle with two other men during a drug deal, and that he was shot with his own gun, sent to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment and discharged before authorities had established that he was the one who had committed a crime, officials say.
Police later determined that Davis was the driver of a gray 2012 Dodge Charger -- one also occupied by a small child -- that eluded a police stop conducted on Oct. 8. Culbreth jumped from the car and ran, but officers caught up to him and arrested him, according to authorities.
At the same time, Rodney Tremaine Warren was indicted on charges of child molestation and sexual battery against a child under 16. Warren is accused of making intimate physical contact with a 6-year-old girl on Aug. 14, according to court documents.