Emanuel County Grand Jury indicts 21 defendants


After a grand jury convention on Friday, November 19, 2021, 19 bills of indictment have been returned. This number indicates that all cases presented by the district attorney’s office for the October 2021 term yielded true bills. Those indictments were as follows:

• Jamee Eric Welch — one count making a false statement and one count improper burning.

• Angela Nicole Henderson — one count trafficking in methamphetamine, one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count possession of drug-related objects, one count criminal use of an article with an altered ID mark, and one count tampering with evidence.

• Christopher Steven Hickman — one count trafficking in methamphetamine, one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count possession of drug-related objects, and one count criminal use of an article with an altered ID mark.

• Danny Gerald Hickman — one count trafficking in methamphetamine, one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count possession of drug-related objects, and one count criminal use of an article with an altered ID mark.

• Justin Neil Hutchinson — one count trafficking in methamphetamine, one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count possession of drug-related objects, and one count criminal use of an article with an altered ID mark.

• Tonya Lynn Ryan — one count trafficking in methamphetamine, one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count possession of drug-related objects, and one count criminal use of an article with an altered ID mark.

• Jesse Eugene Ervin — one count possession of fentanyl, one count possession of alprazolam, one count possession of clonazepam, one count possession of a drug-related object, one count driving under the influence of a drug, one count failure to carry license, one count improper tag display, one count seatbelt violation, one count failure to maintain lane, and one count improper tires.

In a separate case, Ervin was indicted on addition possession of fentanyl, possession of marijuana (less than 1 ounce), and possession of a drug-related object charges, one count each respectively.

• Samuel Anthony Worthington — two counts aggravated assault (family violence), one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count battery (family violence), and one count third-degree child cruelty.

• Eric Mitchell Smith — one count first-degree burglary, one count aggravated stalking, one count possession of methamphetamine, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count simple assault (family violence), two counts third-degree child cruelty, and one count criminal trespassing.

In a separate case, Smith was indicted on two counts aggravated assault (family violence) and one count battery (family violence).

• Nazarene Darr Harmon and Anthony Stephens Rich — one count trafficking in methamphetamine, one count possession of marijuana (less than 1 ounce), and one count possession of drug-related objects.

• Jonathan Allen Lamb — one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count possession of marijuana (less than 1 ounce).

• Jonathan O’Neal Smith — one count second-degree burglary and one count giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

• Norman Jackson Samples — one count theft by shoplifting.

In two other separate cases, Samples was indicted on additional theft by shoplifting charges, one count each.

• Travis Lee Rowland — one count trafficking in methamphetamine, one count possession of fentanyl, one count possession of oxycodone, one count possession of hydrocodone, one count possession of alprazolam, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count possession of sildenafil, one count possession of a drug-related object, and one count driving under the influence of a drug.

• Darrian James Worthen — one count possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

• Steven Justin Thames — one count first-degree burglary, one count theft by taking, and one count interference with government property.

• Vernon Wadley Jr. — two counts aggravated assault, two counts possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

• Jonathan Clarence Tillman — one count aggravated assault, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

• Lashawna Marie David — two counts malice murder, two counts felony murder, one count aggravated assault, three counts aggravated assault, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, one count possession of an illegal weapon, one count concealing the death of another, and two counts tampering with evidence.

• Nathaniel David, also known as Nathaniel Davis — two counts malice murder, two counts felony murder, one count aggravated assault, three counts aggravated assault, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, one count possession of an illegal weapon, one count concealing the death of another, and two counts tampering with evidence.

The charges both of the defendants aforementioned directly above stem from the alleged September 2021 murder of Connie Mercer-Webb on Modoc Road.

During this grand jury session, the jurors submitted their collective reports and findings concerning the inspection of county offices and buildings as well. An additional report will be submitted when the grand jury returns in January 2022.

There being no further business, the grand jury recessed until January 4.

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