Jury selections begin Monday for the Carter County District Court August trial docket, including the manslaughter trial of Laurie Martin.
Martin, 37, faces charges of manslaughter for her alleged role in the November 2016 stabbing death of Chivas Piggee. District Judge Dennis Morris will preside over the trial.
Capt. Keith Ingle, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, told The Ardmoreite in January that Martin’s co-defendants, Madison Martin, Dalton Waugh and Keenen Wright, were arrested Dec. 22, 2016 on warrants charging them with roles in Piggee’s death.
The charges against the trio alleged that Laurie Martin sought the assistance of her daughter and the two men “… to assault Piggee,” who was identified as her boyfriend at the time. Martin is also accused of driving the victim to her home on the night he was killed, where her daughter Madison 19, Waugh, 19, and Wright, 23, waited.
The Ardmoreite reported in April that during Martin’s daughter’s trial, Madison told Judge Morris that she never meant to take Piggee’s life when she participated in her
mother’s alleged plot to assault her former boyfriend.
In April, Madison, exchanged a guilty plea for a 20 year prison sentence, with 12 years suspended. She will be required to serve 85 percent of the 8 year prison term (6 years and 8 months) before being eligible for parole. Co-defendant Dalton Waugh plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 4 years in prison in March, a fourth defendant, Keenen Wright, plead guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter in March, according to online court records.
Martin faces an additional charge of possession of controlled dangerous substance.
Jimmy Ray Carter was also expected to face a jury on charges of first degree rape by force and fear and rape by instrumentation, but the case was moved back to a preliminary hearing due to a technical issue, according to District Attorney Craig Ladd. The Ardmoreite reported in December 2017 that the charge alleges that he physically overcame the victim and used threats of force or violence against her.