Two high profile cases will be among a host of others to be heard in Lamar County superior court Thursday. Court begins at 9 a.m. with Judge Tommy Wilson presiding.
Accused killer Taurean Collier is on the court calendar. Collier is charged with felony murder, three counts aggravated assault, three counts possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of Shaniqua Penn of Hampton.
The shooting happened at 1:15 a.m. Nov. 5, 2021 at a rowdy house party at 210 Jackson Street in Barnesville. Penn died at the scene. TJ Lyons was shot in the knee during the altercation. The pistol used to kill Penn was stolen in Griffin about four years ago, according to testimony at an earlier hearing.
Collier’s attorney Frank T. Smith argues his client was acting in self defense when he opened fire. Collier is currently being held in the Lamar County jail on a bond of $2,502,500.
Also on the docket is Karlnyus Terryk Drake who was arrested June 28, 2022 after going berserk and barricading himself inside a home on Locust Street in Milner.
Drake went to the home to confront his estranged wife, Diamond Iteria Drake. They were separated and Ms. Drake had a restraining order in place.
Lt. Michael Newman of the LCSO and Milner police chief Lamar Bunn responded. Drake was tearing things up inside the home and had already bitten his estranged wife’s finger. Chief Bunn kicked in the door to the house.
Newman tasered Drake who rolled around on the floor until he broke the connections on the taser wires and began to get back on his feet. Newman tasered Drake again when it appeared he was about to move toward Bunn.
In the scuffle, Drake bit the inside of Newman’s left arm. Chief Bunn suffered a knee injury. Diamond Drake was treated by EMTs at the scene.
Another interesting case is that of Brandon Cole Edge who, in addition to being charged with possession of meth, terroristic threats and acts and two counts of obstruction, may have set the court record for traffic charges by a single defendant.
Edge racked up five counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, four counts turn signal violation, two counts suspended license, two counts fleeing and attempting to elude, two counts failure to maintain lane, two counts driving on the wrong side of the road, defective display of license plate, defective windshield, expired tag and improper passing.