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High profile defendants in court Thursday

By Walter Geiger Defendants in five high profile criminal cases are scheduled to appear in Lamar superior court Thursday when Judge Bill Fears hears the August arraignment calendar and two supplemental criminal calendars. Facing arraignment are two women who allegedly caused three deaths in two separate vehicular homicide cases. Bobbie Jo Sumner is to be arraigned on one count of first degree vehicular homicide and one count of hit and run. She is charged in connection with the June 29, 2013 death of Alexandra Noelle Desir. Desir, a Gordon State College student, was on her way to work at Huddle House from her dorm room when she was struck and killed on Rose Avenue in Barnesville. Sumner allegedly fled the scene and hid her car at the home of a boyfriend in Griffin but was later caught. Also to be arraigned is Vivian Massey. She is charged with second degree vehicular homicide and failure to stop at a stop sign in connection with a June 1, 2013 crash at the intersection of Johnstonville and Crawford roads that killed Pearl and John Kemp of Barnesville. Also on the arraignment calendar is a case that has bounced around the justice system for some time. Steven Douglas Hall is charged with two counts of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery against a child under 16 years of age, first degree cruelty to children and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children. Among those on a long list of not yet indicted and currently jailed defendants seeking bond are Joy Lynn Day and Linda Jessica Gunn. Day, 39, allegedly attacked Maj. Leslie Holmes of the LCSO on May 24 when Holmes stopped to check on her as she sat in a parked car at the corner of Brown Springs Road and Old Highway 41 north of Milner. Day allegedly bit Holmes after claiming she was HIV positive. Holmes fired five times with her service weapon, striking her once in the left arm. Day, who tested negative for HIV, recovered as did Holmes. Day has been in jail since charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction and various drug counts. Gunn, 20, faces nine counts of first degree cruelty to children. She is charged with beating her three-month-old daughter Victoria against a headboard when she would not go to sleep. The case came to light when the defendant took the infant to an orthopedist with a possible broken leg. Multiple other injuries were found and Gunn was arrested. The child is in protective custody. Court begins at 9 a.m.

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