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Hefty criminal calendar on tap Thursday

By Walter Geiger Judge Bill Fears will preside over a busy day of criminal court here Thursday with multiple high-profile cases on the docket. Joshua James Cox, 25, will be in court. He is charged with malice murder, felony murder and two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony in connection with the July 14, 2015 shooting death of Donald Terrell Clark. Cox originally told investigators that he and Clark had taken acid and he hallucinated Clark turning into a zombie and shot him with his Glock. Clark was found dead in his driveway at 939 Chappell Mill Rd. Austin Tyler Royston, 19, could be sentenced Thursday. He faces multiple counts after allegedly entering a host of vehicles on and around the Gordon State College campus and stealing credit and debit cards among other things. Royston, of Newnan, was a GSC student at the time and lived in a dorm on campus. Morgan Corley, described by many as a ‘˜meth kingpin’ is scheduled to be in court on charges related to a wild, high-speed chase here on Feb. 3, 2015. Corley is now on his third stint in prison where he has spent the majority of his adult life. Authorities say he once headed up a huge meth distribution organization that specialized in a smokeable form of the drug known as ice. Two vehicular homicide cases are on the docket. Brian Thomas Thompson is charged with DUI, first degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and weaving over the roadway in connection with a January 31, 2015 crash that killed 21-yearold Kara Holland of Barnesville. GSP investigators say Thompson was drunk when he lost control of his truck on Morgan Dairy Road at 3:35 a.m. The truck overturned and hit a culvert. Holland was dead at the scene. Thompson and a second passenger, Rebecca Chappel, were seriously injured. Judge Fears is also expected to hear an update in the long-running hit and run case against Bobbie Jo Sumner. Sumner is charged in connection with the death of Alexandra Noelle Desir, a GSC student who was struck and left to die on Rose Avenue in Barnesville on June 29, 2013.

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