The courts here in Troup County have been incredibly busy during the August 29 week. Several days of court, arraignments, pleas, and several other legal matters have come before judges this week, each making pleas and arguing their cases. Public defenders, private attorneys, and the State have been working exceptionally hard to move the grind along and make sure that justice finds its home. While there were many different events on going around the courtroom, one case in particular came to the forefront, a case that had our community buzzing in the news and on social media over the past few weeks. That is the case of David Lloyd Noles.
As you recall, the incident that occurred only a few months ago was a very hot topic here in the town. A video of the incident was recorded and released on Facebook and all other corners of the Internet. The original story is as follows: “LaGrange Police responded to the Niles Street Park on Revis Street on April 2 in reference to reports of a male allegedly exposing himself to children. Officer Brady Pike, of the LaGrange Police Department, arrived and made contact with David Lloyd Noles, Jr., who reportedly had another parent’s child in his arms when the officer arrived. Pike then ordered Noles to put the child and he complied, but then immediately lunged at the officer and struck him in the face. During the ensuing struggle, the officer’s body camera and radio came off, so he was unable to radio for back up. Pike then yelled out to nearby parents to call 911. A plain clothes officer then jumped into the fight and physically aided Pike in subduing Noles until additional officers could arrive. Officer Pike was later taken to the West Georgia Medical Center for injuries sustained in the fight. Police say he suffered some cuts and bruises, as well as a bloody nose, but he was not seriously injured. Police say the accusations of indecent exposure were later determined to be unfounded.”
Fast-forward to the afternoon of Monday, August 29 and Noles was finally before a judge here in Troup County with his attorney asking for a bond to be set in his case. Both his attorney and the representative from the state did excellent jobs of weaving a narrative in two directions. One account had the incident as a mere misunderstanding that got out of hand, the other a vicious and violent attack on a law enforcement officer. The judge listened to both sides of the story before handing down the verdict that Noles would be denied a bond for his alleged crimes. He will appear before the court again in the near future where he will either take a plea deal or go to trial. As always, everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Several other cases also went before judges this week and sentences were handed out. Other pleading guilty this week include:
• Jeremy Ryan Murphy pled guilty to a probation violation for reckless driving. He was sentenced to three years to serve.
• Halee Lynn Yates pled guilty to a probation violation for possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to three years to serve five months and completion of the RSAT program.
• Zachary Morrell Alford pled guilty to two counts of sale of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 14 years to serve.
• Lacey Renee Goodman pled guilty to two counts of sale of methamphetamine and one count of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. She was sentenced to 15 years to serve one year and admission to the Mary Freedom Hall House.
• David Ray Duncan pled guilty to one count of theft by taking (felony) and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to five years on probation, fines, restitution, and community service.
• Ryan Edward Swanger, a co-defendant in the previous Duncan case, also pled guilty to one count of theft by taking (felony) and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to five years probation, fines, court costs, and community service.
• Jamar Ervin Anderson pled guilty to one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to one year of probation, a fine, and community service.
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer