ALBANY, Ga. — A Magistrate Court judge dismissed felony murder charges against a woman last week, according to court papers.
Judge Robert Revell found the murder charge against Sade Britt for the April 4 murder of 52-year-old Anthony Westbrook without probable cause, stated a Thursday email from her defense attorney, Roosevelt Carter II.
Carter said, “The purpose of the committal hearing is to allow a judge to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for probable cause to charge the accused with a crime as alleged in the warrant issued by police.”
The only officer to testify at the hearing, Albany Police Detective Schemika Foster, said that the murder arrest warrant was issued without her questioning Britt about the case, Carter said.
The charges will not go away, District Attorney Greg Edwards said. He plans to present more evidence in the future.
“It was a preliminary hearing. We plan to present additional evidence during the grand jury process,” Edwards said, “that will result in a murder indictment.”
Shot execution style to the back of his head, Westbrook’s nude body was found face down on a mattress in the woods off the 1700 block of Westtown Road.
After finding Westbrook’s stolen Kia Rondo, credit cards and having a slew of tips from the community, police arrested Britt at her 1202 Radium Springs Road residence.
The key to the tips and arrest came after a woman wearing a full-head black mask used the slain Westbrook’s Kia to drive up to an ATM at a SB&T Bank. Surveillance tapes showed a woman with long, manicured fingernails, staring eyes and a slight overbite.
People who thought they recognized her called in tips to Crime Stoppers identifying Britt, already out on $8,000 bail on an aggravated assault with a gun charge.
Police have said Britt did not act alone. The case remains active.
Anyone with additional information should call investigations at (229) 431-3288 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish-language APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.
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