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Two-year-old murder case tops docket

By by Robert Blankenship
Special to The Advance
A murder case dating back more than two years is expected to be heard during the first day of the upcoming June criminal court session.
Donald Dortch, 38, of Atmore, will be tried for murder in the shooting death of Mary Ann Irvin Wiley, who was 41-years-old at the time of her death. Dortch was arrested on Feb. 11, 2001.
The investigation began when an Atmore resident discovered the body of Wiley lying in a ditch along the 100 block of Ashley Street. She had died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Atmore Police officials reported that witnesses saw Dortch and Wiley become involved in an altercation in the area where the body was found on the night before it was discovered. The two were allegedly dating at the time.
Dortch is scheduled to go before an Escambia County jury on Monday, June 9.
The case has been continued due to three changes of legal representation by Dortch.
Other cases to be heard during the session include the following.
Monday, June 9
Courtroom 1
Donald Dortch, murder.
Courtroom 2
Berney C. Forbes, criminal solicitation; John C. Johnson, first degree rape; Edward D. Fountain, second degree rape; Alisha Bradley, third degree robbery; Elijah Enoch, second degree receiving stolen property and possession of altered firearm; Alisha Bradley, possession of forged instrument; Tammy Hazley, possession of forged instrument; Charles W. Phillips, first degree sexual abuse; Monroe Piland, second degree theft of property and Anthony Riley, second degree theft of property.
Tuesday, June 10
Courtroom 1
Gary James, first degree robbery; Gregory Johnson, first degree theft of property; Roetta Bell, possession of forged instrument and Terry Copeland, third degree domestic violence.
Courtroom 2
Leeta Lucas, first degree burglary; Terrez McKenzie, first degree burglary; Kenny Smith, first degree burglary; Lloyd Sabin, theft of services; Trevin Mitchell, three counts of third degree burglary; Archie Lee Jackson, third degree burglary and second degree theft of property; Keisha Bush, willful torture/abuse; Jermaine Spears, attempted first degree assault; Angelo Silvestri, first degree theft of property; Barbara Kelly, second degree receiving stolen property; Wendell C. Ellis, first degree assault; Lionel Blackburn, attempted second degree burglary; Johnny Addison, third degree escape; Kenneth Reeves, felony DUI and Bernard Thomas, third degree theft of property.
Wednesday, June 11
Courtroom 1
Gregory Spears, first degree possession of marijuana and second degree theft of property; Corey Henderson, first degree possession of marijuana/possession of a controlled substance; Justin Byrne, possession of controlled substance; Roderick Lee, distributing controlled substance/possession of controlled substance; Samantha Maulein, possession of controlled substance/second degree possession of marijuana and possession of anhydrous ammonia; Gary Heathcock, possession of controlled substance/manufacturing controlled substance and second degree possession of marijuana and possession of anhydrous ammonia; Lashavies Williams, possession of controlled substance, first degree possession of marijuana; Chad Giddens, possession of controlled substance, manufacturing controlled substance, possession of anhydrous ammonia and controlled substance conspiracy; Jody W. Pearson, manufacturing controlled substance, possession of anhydrous ammonia, second degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and controlled substance conspiracy; Jamie Barlow, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of anhydrous ammonia, second degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; Stephanie Holland, manufacturing controlled substance, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; Danny Leon Grissett, first degree possession of marijuana, distribution of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and Randy McCaw, distribution of a controlled substance and first degree possession of marijuana.
Courtroom 2
Jamel Sales, promoting prison contraband; Darrell James, promoting prison contraband; Carl D. White, promoting prison contraband; Dee Cee Skinner, promoting prison contraband; James L. Wiggins, promoting prison contraband; Jerald Sanders, promoting prison contraband; Michael London, promoting prison contraband; Patrick Walker, promoting prison contraband and Carl A. Mitchell, promoting prison contraband.
Thursday, June 12
Courtroom 1
Anthony Harris, second degree burglary; Heath Snider, second degree sexual abuse; Bobby Lee Conner, third degree burglary; Kevin Lowery, felony DUI; Darryl Paige, possession of forged instrument and Joe Sexton, cruelty to animals.
Courtroom 2
Antonio Crenshaw, distribution of controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance; Virgil Harris, distribution of controlled substance; Ronald Northern, possession of controlled substance; Jacarrie George, possession of controlled substance; Keith McPherson, first degree possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance; Dewayne Jones, distribution of controlled substance and possession of controlled substance; Phyllis Ann Ward, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; James Nickson, first degree possession of marijuana; Peter D. Allen, first degree possession of marijuana and distribution of a controlled substance; Gary T. Williamson, possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; Alma Hall Taylor, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; Gwindalen Jenkins, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance; Warren Malden, first degree possession of marijuana; Kenneth Booker, second degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; Cedric Williams, second degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; John Green, second degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and Steven Broxson, second degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.