Clarke County Democrat

Murder plea nets 25 years for ‘Moo-Moo’

Murder case from Thomasville scheduled for jury trial next week
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Three murder cases were originally on the docket for next week’s criminal jury term of Clarke County Circuit Court but one case was settled Monday and the defendant sentenced and another case was continued until June.

Joseph Lamar Thornton pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 25 years by Judge C. Robert Montgomery, the sentence to begin immediately.

Thompson, known as “Moo Moo,” was charged with shooting Ronald Oliver Bryant in the head with a 12-guage pump shotgun Sept. 16, 2016 after the two argued at a residence on Fool’s Acre Road in the Gainestown area.

Reports at the time of the murder said that Thompson went to his nearby residence and retrieved the shotgun. Bryant had walked out to the road looking to catch a ride and leave and Thompson followed him and shot him in the head.

Other cases

The other two murder cases both occurred in Thomasville.

Jarquise Hayes is slated to stand trial next week for the murder of Nichols Bettis in Thomasville on Nov. 25, 2020, the evening before Thanksgiving.

Responding Thomasville Police Department officers found Bettis shot, about seven times, with at least 20 other rounds fired into his mother’s Tallahatta Springs Road residence.

It would be early January 2021 before Hayes was arrested and charged with the murder. At least two other shootings occurred in Thomasville about the same time as this murder.

Hayes’ case is first on the docket for Monday, May 15 in Judge J. Perry Newton’s courtroom.

The other Thomasville murder case has been continued until June.

Jeremiah Wesley Irvin is charged with the murder of Frederick Wright in Thomasville on Feb. 2, 2021.

Irvin is charged with shooting Wright on the porch of his girlfriend’s home on Dixon Road in the Choctaw Corner area.

Additionally, he is charged with possession of marijuana, two counts of theft of property and promotion of prison contraband.

Other cases

Other cases set next week are listed.

Judge Montgomery’s docket

Khianti Antwain Chaney, possession/receiving controlled substance, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted murder, domestic violence second burglary; assault and criminal mischief;

Shannon Yvonne Foster, human trafficking;

Travis Sental Lucas, sexual abuse of a child;

Bryson Lapra Kyles, burglary, criminal mischief, menacing.

Travis Dewayne St. John, obstructing government operations, disorderly conduct.

Judge Newton’s docket

Daniel Thomas Horn III, leaving the scene of an accident;

Justin Michael Parker, rape;

Mike Kendrick Burroughs, speeding, 25 mph or greater.

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