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Grand jury won’t get high-profile cases

By WalterGeiger The September term Lamar County grand jury has a lengthy docket of cases to consider for indictment, including three involving high profile defendants. None of those three will likely be presented. The case of alleged serial arsonist Travis Leroy Ball will not be presented because he was indicted last week in Upson County and that trial will proceed before the local prosecution. Ball is charged with first degree arson and no tag light in connection with one Lamar arson. He is charged with two other arsons in Upson County and is suspected in multiple additional blazes. The other two notable cases on the docket are those of drivers charged with striking and killing pedestrians and leaving the scenes. Thomas Edward Lenhart III is charged with first degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and failure to maintain lane 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. Lenhart’s case has been delayed multiple times awaiting crime lab results and is still awaiting results of a final piece of evidence. District attorney Richard Milam said investigators originally failed to get a key piece of evidence which was recently collected and is being analyzed. The case will be presented if the crime lab completes its work but that is unlikely. The other hit and run warrant is that against Bobbie Jo Sumner who allegedly hit and killed Gordon State College student Alexandra Noelle Desir on Rose Avenue in Barnesville July 29. Desir, 20, was struck down while walking to work at Huddle House. The crime lab work on the case is in process and will likely take several more months to complete. Sumner is charged with first degree vehicular homicide, false statements and writings, tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident. Lenhart, Sumner and Ball are all currently free on bond. The full grand jury docket is published under the crime tab below. Milam noted the list consists of all cases brought by law enforcement but many of them are not ready for presentment.

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