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Busy courts, weather push back trials

Courier-Times Staff Report

It is common for Henry County courts to reschedule trial dates during the legal process. Last week’s bitter cold snap, however, delayed several court appearances.

Inclement weather closed the county government building down Wednesday and the Henry County Emergency Management Agency issued a Wind Chill Warning. As a result, Henry County courts reset several scheduled meetings.

Jerry Sinclair and Shannon Sinclair, both charged neglect of a dependent and possession of marijuana, had their pretrial conferences moved to Feb. 7 and jury trials moved to 9 a.m. March 4.

Joseph Flynn, accused of aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of Brian Gosser, was scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 28.

Flynn’s trial has been rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 18, with a pretrial conference Feb. 21.

Joshua Wilson is also facing aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter for Brian Gosser’s death. Wilson’s trial is now scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 20 in Henry Circuit 1.

David D. Mettert is accused of closing a cell door with Gosser inside, knowing other inmates would inflict injury. Mettert is charged with aggravated battery. His jury trial has been rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 29 in Henry County Circuit Court 1.

Jordan Boling – charged with murder and Level 2 felony robbery resulting in serious bodily injury for the death of Steven Dunn – was scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 28 in Henry Circuit Court 1. Boling’s trial did not take place and, as of Monday, had not been rescheduled.

The court has a bail review hearing for Boling scheduled at 8:30 a.m. March 19.

The jury trial for Kurtis Tewell is now 9 a.m. June 3. Tewell is facing a Level 3 felony charge of rape.

Nicholas Gulley is scheduled for a jury trial at 9 a.m. March 11 for Level 6 felony domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, Class A misdemeanors domestic battery resisting law enforcement and Class B misdemeanor public intoxication.

Justin Conwell filed a plea Jan. 7 in Henry Circuit Court 2. Conwell was charged with Level 6 felony dissemination of matter harmful to minors, two counts of Class A misdemeanor invasion of privacy and being a habitual offender.

The details of Conwell’s plea agreement are not public until his sentencing hearing at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7.

Kimble Baker filed a plea Feb. 1 in Henry Circuit Court 2. Baker was charged with two Level 6 felony counts of possession of a narcotic drug and Class A misdemeanors charges of possession of a controlled substance and invasion of privacy.

The details of Baker’s plea agreement are not public until his sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. March 7.

A trial has also been rescheduled for one of the men charged in the 2016 death of Chancellor “Chance” Smith.

Devin Asberry was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder following Smith’s death. Asberry’s jury trial has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. April 15.