Decatur County Grand Jury decides on local cases last week

Published 9:13 pm Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Among the list of true bills of indictments returned by the Decatur County Grand Jury last week are two major criminal cases, both on the docket for court early next year.

The indictments include Robert Lenoris Smith, charged for felony murder, aggravated assault and the possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Smith was arrested May 20 for the alleged murder of recent Bainbridge High School graduate Octavious Powell.

“It’s an unfortunate case in the sense that (Powell) just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney Joe Mulholland said. “It had absolutely nothing to do with any previous altercations that day.”

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Powell, a bystander, was hit by gunfire from Smith. Mulholland said the case was a perfect example of felony murder because of transferred intent, where the intentional harm of a person inadvertently causes the harm of a second person instead.

Also among the indictments are Jimmy Wayne Henry and his daughter, Cari Carter, each charged with two counts of incest. According to records, the father and daughter engaged in sexual activity in spite of their blood relations between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2014.

“It’s a pretty horrific crime we’re talking about, with relatives involving a father and his daughter,” Mulholland said. “So obviously there is probably going to be some mental health issues we’ll have to deal with in that case.”

The grand jury returned a total of 43 grand juries last Tuesday, ranging from drug charges to theft.

Mulholland said because of a busy grand jury, smaller cases would be heard in November with the bigger ones most likely reaching court by January 2015.