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Case of man who ambushed deputy languishing

Eleven months after he allegedly ambushed Dep. Justyn Weaver, the case against Donald Chandler Gordy, 39, is still languishing in the court system. The delay is partly due to COVID but a change in legal representation has also changed the pace. Gordy was indicted by the December term Lamar County grand jury and was supposed to be on the trial calendar for next week. The case has been delayed, however. ’He got a new attorney who asked for a continuance,’ district attorney Jonathan Adams said last week. Gordy’s new lawyer is Nick White. It is unclear if White is being paid by Gordy or is a conflict attorney representing the public defender’s office. Dep. Weaver answered a suspicious person call in the 100 block of Moore Street in Milner at 10:45 p.m. Aug. 8, 2020. He had been up and down the street several times when a man popped up out of the woods and opened fire with a shotgun, discharging five rounds of #4 turkey shot at Weaver’s patrol car at close range. Weaver was lifeflighted to a trauma center. He was released five days later and has since returned to duty. Gordy fled the shooting scene but was apprehended about 3 a.m., Aug. 9, 2020 near Birmingham. He is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, attempting to kill or obstruct a witness from providing testimony or evidence, three counts interference with government property and criminal damage to property. Gordy had been arrested the previous year for possession of meth and fighting with deputies. That incident did not involve Weaver.

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