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Man who allegedly ambushed deputy due in court Feb. 16

A 38-year-old Milner man charged in the violent ambush of a Lamar County deputy last August is due for his first hearing in superior court before Judge Bill Fears Feb. 16. Donald Chandler Gordy is to be arraigned on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, criminal attempt to commit a felony, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal damage to property. Dep. Justyn Weaver responded to the 100 block of Moore Street in Milner regarding a suspicious person call at about 10:45 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2020. He had been up and down the street several times when Gordy allegedly popped out of the woods and opened fire. Prosecutors say Gordy fired five rounds from a shotgun loaded with #4 turkey loads. He was so close, the wadding from one shell was embedded into Weaver’s patrol car. Gordy fled the scene and was arrested about 3 a.m. Aug. 9 along I-20 in St. Clair County, Alabama near Birmingham. Weaver, who was hit by multiple pellets in head and face, was released from an Atlanta hospital Aug. 13 and received a hero’s welcome upon his return to the sheriff’s office that day. Weaver has since recovered and returned to duty. There are multiple additional cases on the calendar. They include the charges against alleged puppy mill operator Latitia A. Matthews who faces six counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, 23 counts cruelty to animals and unlawful disposal of a dead animal. Her husband John David Matthews faces the same charges. State supreme court chief justice Harold Melton’s latest order clears the way for jury trials to commence in March. That will allow prosecutors and judges to work on the backlog of cases that has built up due to COVID-19. In the interim, some proceedings are done in person and some via videoconference.

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