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Two multi-defendant murder cases set for status hearings

Becky Campbell • Updated Feb 19, 2019 at 8:41 PM

Two multi-defendant murder cases were on the Washington County Criminal Court docket Tuesday for status hearings, but there was little to no action taken in either one.

First up was four men charged in the July 24, 2017, shooting death of Stacy Magee, also known by her adopted name of Rebekah Thompson. The 22-year-old was seven weeks pregnant when she was shot at point-blank range while sitting in her car outside a Johnson City housing development residence.

The men charged were:

  • Isiaha D. Milligan, a.k.a. "50”, 24, of Johnson City — charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in the commission of a felony and two counts of solicitation of first-degree murder, represented by Chris Byrd.
  • Monte L. Brewer Jr., a.k.a. "Hutch", 27, of Cleveland, Tennessee — charged with first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the commission of a felony, represented by Ryan Curtis.
  • Eugene A. Glover, a.k.a. "Geno," 31, of Chattanooga — charged with first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the commission of a felony, represented by Patrick Denton.
  • Avios A. Griffin, a.k.a. "Glo,” of Johnson City — charged with first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the commission of a felony, represented by Russell Kloosterman.

At least two attorneys in the case indicated they would be filing a notice of alibi in an attempt to show their clients were not involved in the slaying. Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street gave the defense 90 days to the notice. 

“After that time, a notice of alibi will not be accepted by the court,” Street said. The judge granted defense motions asking the state to disclose the use of any expert witnesses as well barring the state from mentioning anything about possible sentences during the trial. A trial date has not been set yet, but Street said the court calendar for the latter part of 2019 should be available soon.

The cases were reset for May 17.

The second case involves six men accused in the jail death of a Washington County Detention Center inmate in December. 

Joseph Lockner, 29, 109 Sheri St., Gray, was found unresponsive Dec. 17 on the bathroom floor of a minimum security cell block by a detention officer after the officer heard a commotion in the bathroom area.

He found Lockner and called for medical assistance. Lockner was transported to Johnson City Medical Center and was on life support when he died Dec. 20.

The men charged in that case were:

  • John Z. Woodard, 23, charged with reckless homicide, aggravated assault resulting in death and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault resulting in death. He’s represented by Richard Pectol.
  • Jonathan R. Pearson, 38, charged with aggravated assault resulting in death and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault resulting in death. Defense attorney Casey Sears was appointed to represent him. Pearson was not in court Tuesday because he had been transported to Greene County on another case.
  • Wesley E. Clouse, 23, charged with aggravated assault resulting in death and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault resulting in death. His attorney is Chris Byrd.
  • Cody J. Albu, 23, charged with aggravated assault resulting in death and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault resulting in death. He’s represented by Darcee Kubisiak. 
  • Steve Necessary, 43, charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault resulting in death.
  • Glendon R. Wilkerson, 40, charged with accessory after the fact to aggravated assault resulting in death. He is represented by Ryan Curtis. Wilkerson was not at the hearing on Tuesday because he is in federal custody on an unrelated case.

 There was no substantial action taken in the case except to substitute the attorney for Necessary. The public defender had represented Necessary on another case, but had a conflict regarding this case. Street appointed Patrick Denton to the case. Defense attorneys in the case said they have not received all the discovery from the state.

Street reset the case for a status hearing June 3.

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