Five cases will return on dates in December
Separate cases involving a murder, the assault of a sheriff’s deputy with a deadly weapon and two rape cases were among several that will return to Vance County Superior Court the week of Dec. 3.
The docket Tuesday included 68 defendants and more than 200 felony charges being prepared for trial.
The cases involving Shakeem Delshon Barnes, Rodriguez Antoin Crudup, John Thomas Mann Jr., Daquan Keith Foster and James Boyd were among the most high-profile in front of Judge George Collins Jr.
Barnes is charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon in the May 4 shooting death of 25-year-old La’Darrius Talley on Lincoln Street.
According to Henderson police, Barnes shot Talley to death with a handgun in the 100 block of Lincoln Street. The vehicle Talley was driving crashed into a brick pillar and fence. Talley was found at the crash scene inside the car where he was pronounced dead.
“We have a number of discovery matters that are unresolved,” said Theresa Presley, the attorney representing the 19-year-old Barnes. “These motions have not been satisfied.”
Collins got agreements from the defense, prosecutor Bill Griffin and a detective for a Dec. 9 date to resolve discovery issues.
A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January to revisit all motion requests.
Rodriguez Antoin Crudup, 26, is also charged in the case with attempted armed robbery. Crudup appeared in court Tuesday for his case to proceed to a final stage of the case management system the week of Dec. 3.
Mann is charged with assaulting Tony Wallace, a Vance County Sheriff’s Office deputy, with a deadly weapon following a June 24 vehicle pursuit. Mann, according to deputies, was driving a car involved in the chase.
It ended with Mann sustaining two gunshot injuries from Wallace. The State Bureau of Investigation has finalized its report, saying the shooting was justified.
Collins confirmed with both sides that Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood viewed the information from state investigators and screened for particular elements relevant to Mann’s case.
Mann faces at least 10 more charges, not all related to the car chase, that include larceny of a vehicle, fleeing to allude, fraud, multiple larcenies, breaking and entering, conspiracy, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license and possession of stolen goods.
All of the charges against Mann have been set for a final regular hearing in CMS the week of Dec. 3.
Foster is charged with first-degree rape and kidnapping in the March 28 case involving a 51-year-old woman in a brush area near Young Avenue in Henderson.
Griffin said that there is evidence still pending that includes medical records from Duke University Medical Center where the victim received treatment after the reported incident.
Foster’s attorney, Nick Bagshawe, in prior hearings indicated both sides are close to a plea deal.
Boyd is charged with first-degree rape and kidnapping in a July 28 incident sending a 22-year-old woman to the hospital.
Collins conferred with prosecutors regarding a Wednesday hearing in the Warren County conspiracy case against Jeremiah Royster. The hearing will center on a bond request by defense attorney Mani Dexter.
The case is not moving to Vance County, according to court officials. Assistant District Attorney Onica Fuller will represent the state for the hearing and further matters will be heard in Warren County Superior Court.
Royster is charged with plotting the murder of Sgt. Terry Williams, a detective in the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, in August.
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