Assistant District Attorney Amy Newsome said the Randolph County Grand Jury almost doubled its true bills (indictments) in its report. For example 178 true bills were returned in the last session while this time grand jurors returned 307 true bills.
"We've never had a docket like this," she said. There were increases in property crimes, drug offenses and domestic violence.
"I don't know if criminal activity has increased. It may have but it might be we have a lot of law enforcement officers working hard and making a lot of cases," she said.
There are capital murder cases.
Montoreous Heard, 16, was indicted on two counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder. He is accused of killing his father, Alton Heard, 44, at his Wedowee home and shooting and killing Richie Jones, 42, and critically wounding his wife, Mary Jones, 47, Wadley residents, on Sunday, May 5.
He allegedly shot the Joneses at 431 Fuel Connection in Roanoke where Mary Jones worked as a cashier. Richie Jones often stayed with his wife due to his concern about her safety when she worked at night. She has had to undergo several operations.
Charles Antonio Brown, 28, of East Avenue, Roanoke, is indicted for capital murder in the death of Rodriguez Martel Staples, 30, of Roanoke. Staples was found dead at Travelers Inn just south of Roanoke, and four people were arrested the next day in connection with his death. The motel manager discovered his body. Staples was dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
Co-defendant with Brown is Tyrek Treadwell, 15, of Roanoke, who had a transfer hearing to adult court. He was indicted on the charge of capital murder. He was 14 at the time of the shooting.
Two girls were also indicted in relation to this case on conspiracy to commit a robbery first degree and two counts of hindering prosecution first degree: Amber Nicole Elsea, 19, of County Road 35, Wadley, and Samantha Irene Golden, 19, of 630 College St., Roanoke. They were stopped in Staples' vehicle the day after his death.