Jury selection will begin Monday with the Carter County District Court May trial docket. But only two out of the original eight cases involving defendants charged in murder or manslaughter cases remain scheduled for jury decisions.
Dakota Stewart, faces two-counts of first-degree manslaughter, as well as a charge of possession of methamphetamine in connection with a May 27 vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 61-year-old Ardmore man and a Marietta teenager. Stewart is accused of driving the vehicle that caused the crash which occurred about 9 a.m. 5 miles south of Ardmore on U.S. Highway 77. Stewart’s trial is first on the docket. District Judge Dennis Morris will preside. Members of the jury are expected to be impaneled shortly after the term opens Monday morning.
Morris is also scheduled to preside over the case charging Skylar Luke Walker with the second-degree murder in connection with the July 29th stabbing death of Petyon Lockwood at a northeast Ardmore apartment complex. Walker’s case is expected to be underway by mid-week.
Madison Martin opted not to ask jurors to deliberate the evidence in the case that charged her with second-degree murder in the November 20 stabbing death of Chivas Piggee. The 19-year-old woman pleaded guilty to the charge April 27. Dalton Waugh and Keenen Wright, who were also charged for playing roles in the victim’s death, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter.
Connor Lindsey, who had faced a second-degree murder charge in connection with the Aug. 1 “horseplay” shotgun death of a 16-year-old Ardmore girl, also halted his upcoming trial April 27 when he entered a guilty plea.
Two other cases fell from the current trial docket recently when their attorneys sought continuances. Conan Collins charged in a first-degree murder/child abuse case has been moved to the August docket. The Lone Grove babysitter is accused in the April 20, 2016 slaying of a toddler left in his care. He is also accused of abusing the child and three other children, ages 3, 2 and 2-months. Collins is detained on a $100,000 bond in the Carter County Detention Center.
Craig Stanford’s case has also been bumped to the August docket. Stanford is charged with two-counts of first-degree murder  connected to the May 17, 2016, slayings of Aaron Lavers and Anthony Rogers inside their A Street NW residence. Stanford is detained without bond in the Carter County Detention Center.
Other trials that could be presented to juries during the next two weeks include:
•  Lynol Christopher Vickers – second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property
•  Jermain Anton Scallion — assault and battery with a deadly weapon
•  Cleve Lewis –  second-degree burglary
•  Tobi Franks – possession of controlled dangerous substance
•  Kelly Skaggs — first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary
•  William Merrick — aggravated assault and battery
•  Brandi Bolton — child abuse, child neglect
•  Plez Boswell — possession of methamphetamine
•  Jimmy Ray Carter — first-degree rape by force and fear and rape by instrumentation