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Dougherty County grand jury issues indictments

High speed chase, child abuse addressed by grand jury

ALBANY — The Dougherty County grand jury handed down indictments on several cases Wednesday, including several charges stemming from a high-speed auto chase, at least one indictment for child cruelty and another for depriving a woman of her nose.

Grand jurors indicted Constanza Navoski Williams on multiple charges, most of them associated with a high-speed flight from officers of the Georgia Highway Patrol on August 20. Williams is accused of failing to obey a stop command issued by Chris Jewell, a uniformed patrol officer, the indictment states, then ramming another vehicle and attempting to allude law enforcement in areas including Mock Road, Oglethorpe Boulevard, Westover Road and Gillionville Road, during which time the defendant exceeded posted speed limits by more than 20 miles per hour. The indictment also accuses Williams of following too closely, driving in the wrong lane and failure stop at a red traffic light.

In the indictment, Williams is charged with one count of violation of Georgia controlled substances act, three counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of driving while license suspended, one count of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, following too closely, failure to maintain lane, disregarding a traffic control device, driving on wrong side of roadway and speeding.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said that Williams knew was driving without a license and attempted to elude law enforcement. Both the marijuana charge and the suspended license charge are misdemeanors, Edwards said.

In a separate case, Marshay Denise Walker and Keri Shavon Sanders were indicted on charges of crimes against Jamarion Walker, a minor child of Marshaw Walker. The indictments accuse Marshay Walker and Sanders, together and separately, of maliciously striking Jamarion Walker with a belt and “other objects not known to the grand jury” between the dates of April 10 and July 10, causing excessive injury to the child.

Sanders and Marshay Walker were each indicted on one count of cruelty to children in the first degree and one count of aggravated assault.

Rakeesha Shadel Wheeler was indicted Wednesday on one count of aggravated battery. Wheeler is accused of cutting off part of Melissa Ann Britten’s nose in September. Edwards said the suspect used a knife.