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Pretrial set for today

Two high profile defendants are scheduled for pre-trial hearings in Lamar superior court today. Embattled Morehouse College police chief Vernon Worthy is due in court. He is charged with false imprisonment, aggravated assault and pointing a pistol at another. A conviction on any of the three counts could cost him his POST certification and his job. The charges stem from an incident last fall when Worthy allegedly confronted a hunter and pulled a gun on him. Worthy alleged his victim Nathaniel Rooks was trespassing but testimony at a first appearance hearing indicated Worthy was, in fact, the trespasser. Also on the calendar is the case of Ronald Smith. Smith could possibly go to trial later this month. Smith is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and multiple weapons charges in connection with the shooting death earlier this year of Charles Graves Adams.

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