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Noteable courthouse firsts

Posted: August 28, 2012 - 10:04pm


• The first jury trial in the new courthouse started July 8, 2002. Baoleo Cherer was charged with driving under the influence, among other counts. A jury heard testimony and convicted Cherer on July 11, 2002, of reckless driving, speeding, following too closely, driving with a suspended license and driving without proof of insurance. Then-Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett sentenced Cherer to a year in prison followed by two years on probation.

• The first grand jury convened on July 24.

• Superior Court Judge Danny Craig prosecuted the first felony jury trial. He was the district attorney at the time. Brian Jennings Lonergan and his wife, Tammy Melissa Lonergan, were charged in the September 2001 stabbing death of Joshua Hadden. Lonergan was sentenced to life in prison after the jury convicted him of murder, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and traffic charges. He is serving the life sentence in Phillips State Prison in Buford, Ga. Lonergan’s wife, Tammy Melissa Lonergan, was convicted of false imprisonment and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. She was released from prison in 2003.

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