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Judge Fears recuses himself in Sumner hit and run case

Judge Bill Fears recused himself from presiding over the upcoming trail of Bobbie Jo Sumner. Judge Fears signed the order on the fourth anniversary of the date on which Sumner allegedly ran down Gordon State College student Alexandra Noelle Desir on Rose Avenue in Barnesville and fled the scene. The judge’s recusal came the morning after Sumner’s attorney Bubba Head filed for the recusal and a change of venue. Sumner is charged with first degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and four counts of making false statements. Her case has languished in the court system for an extended period of time. In his motion for a change of venue, Head cited the ongoing coverage of the case by The Herald Gazette. A hearing on the change of venue is set for July 6 in Butts County. District attorney Jonathan Adams said Thursday his office plans to proceed with the trial of Sumner beginning July 24. Judge Tommy Wilson will take over the case. Adams expects it will be tried in Butts County. For much more on this story, see the 7.4.17 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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