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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Judge to hear death penalty case

  • Jury term opens Monday in Carter County District Court, with juries expected to be impanelled for a number of trials including six felony cases. But  jurors won’t deliberate the fate of Jamane K. Stubblefield, who faces the death penalty in a case charging him with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary.


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  • Jury term opens Monday in Carter County District Court, with juries expected to be impanelled for a number of trials including six felony cases. But  jurors won’t deliberate the fate of Jamane K. Stubblefield, who faces the death penalty in a case charging him with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary.
     
    Stubblefield has opted not to chance a jury’s verdict. However, that doesn’t mean he will not stand trial. Having requested his case be decided by a judge, the 22-year-old’s trial will begin Tuesday before Associate District Judge Lee Card.
     
    Stubblefield was charged along with Mike Alfonso Murillo, 16, and  William Bernard Brown, 28, in an April 19 home invasion in the 900 block of Roff Street that led to the murder of  Eric Knight and the theft of cash, drugs and cell phones from others in the residence.
     
    Murillo, who was certified to stand trial as an adult, entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors in October and exchanged a guilty plea in the case for a 25-year prison sentence.
     
    A month later, Brown, who also faced the death penalty, saved himself from the possibly of a death row sentence by entering blind (no plea bargain) guilty pleas in the case and was sentenced to 40-year prison terms.
     
    Felony cases expected to be decided by juries during the next two weeks include:
    • Robert Gregory Gaines — assault and battery on a police officer
    • Keith Anthony Douglass — domestic abuse/assault and battery
    • Ricky Reanorda Murph — trafficking controlled dangerous substances/ unlawful possession of controlled dangerous substances
    • Michael Edward Mills — assault and battery with a deadly weapon
    • William Robert Ryans — aggravated endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine and child neglect
    • Ricky Gene McGee — distributing CDS.
    Defendants originally scheduled to stand trial on the April docket, but will enter pleas in their cases instead of risking jury verdicts include:
    • Justin Eugene Barnett — domestic assault and battery by strangulation
    • Michael Joe Wayne Broadnax — unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
    • Lindsey Lee Bynum — unlawful possession of CDS
    • Brandon Howard Smith — assault and battery with a deadly weapon
    • Bradley Don Taylor — aggravated assault and battery
    • Todd Dewayne King — unlawful possession of methamphetamine
    • Joel Skip Mitchell — obtaining property by false pretenses
    • Robert Leroy Peoples — embezzlement
    • Joletha Jones — unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful possession of CDS, unauthorized use of credit card and second-degree burglary
    • Leonard Lee Evans — knowingly concealing stolen property
    • Billy Joe Geraghty — two counts unlawful possession of CDS
    • Jeramy Wayne Jamison — unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine
    • Rodger Mark Cox — distribution of CDS within 1,000 feet of a park
    • Mondrai Jamar Curry — two counts possession of firearm after former conviction
    • Wendy Michelle Douglas — nine counts of second-degree forgery and identity theft.
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