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Three pled not guilty to serious charges

Posted: January 6, 2012 - 4:00pm  |  Updated: January 6, 2012 - 4:12pm
Landon "Dock" Norman pled not guilty Friday to charges of sexual assault.  Hand out
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Landon "Dock" Norman pled not guilty Friday to charges of sexual assault.

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Three people accused of serious crimes pled not guilty Friday at arraignment hearings in Evans.

Landon “Dock” Norman, 40, of Grovetown is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl at Riverside Park in June and molesting a 16-year-old girl in the spring. He pled not guilty to aggravated sodomy, incest, child molestation and other related charges at the Columbia County Superior Court arraignment.

Norman also faces more recent charges of tampering with a witness.

Michael Claude Maxwell, 46, of Appling, is accused of violently attacking women in three counties on July 23. He pled not guilty on Oct. 21 to kidnapping with bodily injury and aggravated assault in connection to an assault on an Evans woman in her driveway.

Maxwell pled not guilty to similar charges from Richmond County at the hearing. Those charges stem from an incident in Augusta, where he is accused of attacking a woman in the Augusta Mall parking lot.

Maxwell also is expected to face charges in Edgefield County, where he is accused of breaking into a home, beating a man and kidnapping his wife.

An Augusta woman charged in a June 17 fatal wreck in Appling also pled not guilty.

Kristine Marie Heath, 36, was charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle, six counts of serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence and running a stop sign in connection to the wreck that killed 18-year-old Morgan Renew of Barnwell, S.C.

Heath allegedly ran a stop sign at Ridge Road and hit a Jeep Cherokee carrying six people. Heath and her five passengers, along with three passengers in the Cherokee, were injured.


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Can the Chronicle please decide which story they want to go with

"Norman also is charged with aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sexual assault and rape in connection to a then 16-year-old girl’s claims two years ago that he molested her for four months.
At the time, she recanted her story because “she was scared and could not deal with it,” Morris said. When Norman was recently charged, the case was reopened and the older victim then cooperated with authorities and gave them details of the abuse. " from the 11/18/2011 Chronicle. So did the supposed event with the 16 yr old occur 2 years ago or in April??