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Grand jury to get high profile cases

The September term Lamar County grand jury will deliberate multiple high profile cases when it convenes on Sept. 8. Those include a long delayed hit and run case and several cases involving child molestation and computer pornography. Also on the docket are the cases of a woman who beat her baby against a headboard when she would not go to sleep and another female who bit a Lamar deputy who shot her in the arm. The grand jury will weigh charges of first degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and failure to maintain lane against Thomas Edward Lenhart III after the state crime lab came through with critical DNA evidence in the oft delayed case. Lenhart is charged in connection with the death of Thomas Norman Anderson. Anderson was found dead along the railroad tracks near T.J. Outfitters on Hwy. 36 West at daybreak on March 2, 2012. Also on the docket is the case against Joy Lynn Day, 39, who is accused of biting a Lamar deputy after claiming she was HIV positive and had Hepatitis C. Day, who was denied bond Aug. 14 in superior court, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction and various drug counts stemming from an alleged attack on Maj. Leslie Holmes May 24. Perhaps the most heinous case is that against 20-year-old Linda Jessica Gunn who allegedly beat her three-month-old daughter Victoria. She was arrested in March after she took the infant to an orthopedist with a possible broken leg. Multiple other injuries, including a skull fracture, were found and Gunn was arrested. The child is in protective custody. Gunn has also been denied bond. The jurors will also take up the case against Antonio Shawn Chapman, 25. Chapman is charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of marijuana and reckless conduct in connection with the Nov. 6, 2013 shooting death of Deontez Turnipseed. Investigators are on record as saying Chapman was cleaning a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol in a home at 3 Washington St. in Barnesville when it went off and a bullet struck Turnipseed, his roommate. Turnipseed died as a result of his wound. Another case which has kicked around the justice system for some time is notable for the sheer volume of it. Stephen Douglas Hall is charged with 41 counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count each of aggravated child molestation and child molestation. Other similar cases are on the docket including that of 36-year-old Eric Duran Greer of Barnesville. Greer is charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, sodomy, incest, enticing a child for indecent purposes, sexual exploitation of children and first degree cruelty to children. According to an incident report, the charges against Greer came to light when a juvenile told another juvenile during a sleepover that she had been molested since she was five years old. The mother hosting the sleepover went to authorities with the allegations. Two other men face similar charges after making online contact with a Lamar deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl online. Herbert Alves Martins, 29, of Kennesaw is charged with three counts of computer pornography. Martins was arrested Dec. 23, 2013 after allegedly sending nude photos of himself to the decoy. One photo showed his face. It was determined he worked as an installer for Comcast and was using a Comcast phone for some of the contact. Comcast officials cooperated and Martins was taken into custody with the assistance of the Cobb County P.D.’s high tech crimes unit. A similar case involves Jeffery Kevin Sheffield of Millen who is charged with two counts computer pornography and computer exploitation of a child. Using the screen name ‘˜k-bug’, Sheffield allegedly sent photos of his genitalia to a deputy he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He eventually gave the ‘˜girl’ his personal phone number which led to his arrest with the assistance of the Jenkins County sheriff’s office.

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