Attorney says client in deputy injury case likely headed to trial
Jul 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM
The three people charged in a robbery and attempted murder case that left a county deputy seriously injured in January are scheduled for trial on the charges later this year, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Dalvin Stephens, 18, of Johnson City; Reginald Dewayne Smith, 41, 1419 Colony Park Drive, and Ashley Nicole McGraw, 18, 127 Forest Hills Drive, are each charged with attempted first-degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery.
Smith faces additional charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence. Stephens faces additional charges of reckless endangerment, evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
The attempted murder charge stems from injuries Washington County Deputy Gary Daughtery suffered Jan. 1 when he attempted to throw out a spike strip to help stop a car carrying robbery suspects.
Stephens was driving the car, and investigators believe he intentionally swerved to hit Daugherty.
Officers were trying to stop the car because the three were suspected of a home invasion attempted robbery just prior to the pursuit.
Smith’s attorney, Gene Scott, indicated he will take his client’s case to trial.
“I anticipate filing a severance motion,” to separate Smith’s case from Stephens and McGraw. Smith was a backseat passenger in the car when Daugherty was hit.
“If you give us a trial date I’ll be glad to go first,” Scott said. “Most likely we’ll be going to trial.”
Stephens’ attorney, Casey Sears, told Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood that he will seek funds to hire an expert once he sees the accident reconstruction report being completed by Washington County sheriff’s traffic investigators.
Assistant Public Defender Debbie Lonon represents McGraw.
Blackwood set the case for a plea deadline and motions hearing Aug. 29 and the trial date for Oct. 10.
The defense attorneys and District Attorney General Tony Clark indicated they anticipate the trial will take two to three days.
The three defendants remain jailed in lieu of bond. Stephens has a $201,000 bond, Smith has a $170,000 bond and McGraw is being held on a $75,000 bond.