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Court with Judge Ridley

Leon County District Court was held Wednesday, August 30th, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Hal Ridley presided. Representing the state of Texas were Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

A trial date of September 12th was set in the case against Stanley Bruce Roberson of Oklahoma City. Roberson, who is being held in the Leon County Jail, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Representing Roberson is Attorney Mark Maltsberger.

The trial of Matthew Tyler Burkett, who is being held in the county jail, was moved to November. Burkett is charged with Burglary of a Habitation, Aggravated Assault against a Public Servant with a Deadly Weapon, and Evading Arrest with a Vehicle. The attorney for Burkett is John Bankhead.

Another case set for trial soon is against John Wayne Meredith of Buffalo. Meredith, currently held in the county jail, is charged with Assault on a Family/Household Member with a Previous Conviction. Meredith requested that his court appointed attorney be taken off his case and another attorney assigned. Meredith claimed that Attorney Stanley Sokolowki did not have his (Meredith?s) best interest in mind. The judge allowed the changed and appointed Attorney John Bankhead to represent Meredith. The judge also warned Meredith that no more changes will be made unless Meredith wanted to hire an attorney. The case was moved to the November calendar.

Also set for trial is the case is against Tyreil Cordale Turner, Jr., of Hubbard. Turner is charged with Theft of Property and is represented by Attorney Kelly Weeks. Turner is currently free on a $60,000 bond.

Set for a bench trial is the case against Donald Lee Wathen of Normangee. Wathen, who is free on a $10,000 bond, is charged with Sex Offender Failure to Register Life /Annual. The attorney for Wathen is Billy Carter.

The case against Davon Reginald Calhoun of Buffalo was dismissed. Calhoun was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The attorney for Calhoun was Michael Dahlenburg.

The case against Savannah Harrell of Midway was disposed. Harrell was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for Harrell was Whitney Smith.

Charlotte Ann Jeffries of Midway failed to appear for her court date. Jeffries is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for Jeffries is Stanley Sokolowski. The judge did not issue an arrest and allowed for the failure to appear due to road conditions from the recent flooding in the southeast portions of the state. Jeffries is free on a $3,000 bond.

Robert Glenn Hammock of Marquez was in court for a scheduled pre-trial hearing. The attorney for Hammock withdrew from the case. Because Hammock had failed to hire another attorney, the judge appointed Attorney Richard Price to represent Hammock, who is currently being held in the county jail charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Michael Jamal Hodge, who is being held in the county jail, was in court to hear allegations made by the state that Hodge has violated the terms of his probation. Hodge has been convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Kelly Weeks, the attorney for Hodge, reported that Hodge has rejected a plea bargain offered by the state. The judge set a date for a hearing in the case.

The case against Mandy Lee Holland of North Zulch was reset. Holland, who is free on a $4,000 bond, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for Holland is Billy Carter.

A motion to suppress evidence in the case against Stephanie Anne McKnight of Marquez was postponed due to flooded conditions. McKnight, who is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, is free on a $25,000 bond. The attorney for McKnight is Billy Carter.

Arraignments

Amy Lynn Laird-Whyte of Jewett entered a not guilty plea to the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for Laird-Whyte is Richard Price. Laird-Whyte is free on a $3,000 bond.

Arraignment for Ian Zachariah Stewart of Seabrook was reset. Stewart, who is free on a $7,500 bond, is charged with Delivery of Marihuana to a Minor. The attorney for Stewart is Richard Price.

Kristen Elizabeth Weichert of Caldwell entered a not guilty plea to two charges of Assault of a Public Servant, and to Abandon/Endangerment of a Child with Intent to Return. Weichert is currently free on bonds totaling $15,000. The judge appointed Attorney Michael Dalhenberg to represent Weihert.

John Lamont Williams of Groesbeck entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Lamont, who is free on a $15,000 bond, is represented by Attorney David Moore.