A Milledgeville man accused in a fatal head-on collision that claimed the life of his 25-year-old cousin in October 2017 is among several defendants who were indicted this week on criminal charges by a Baldwin County grand jury.
The man involved in the fatal car crash, Carl Barnard Justice, of North Clarke Street, was involved in a car chase with a trooper from the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville at the time. Justice was being pursued for not wearing his seat belt, as required by state law.
On Monday, grand jurors returned a nine-count indictment against Justice on two counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, two counts of serious injury by a vehicle, three counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, hit-and-run, and reckless driving, according to records made public this week through the Baldwin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
Grand jurors returned a “no bill” against Justice on a 10th charge that had been levied against him by the state patrol. That charge was for failure to wear a seat belt.
It marks the second time that Justice has been indicted on charges related to the case. He was indicted last year on seven counts.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Herndon told The Union-Recorder during a telephone interview Thursday afternoon that Justice was re-indicted because she was able to track down an additional witness in a hit-and-run wreck related to the chase with the state trooper.
Two additional charges stemmed from the information gathered in the hit-and-run case, Herndon said.
Justice is scheduled to be arraigned on those charges today (Friday) at 1 p.m. in a Baldwin County Superior Courtroom. He also is expected to appear before Superior Court Judge Amanda S. Petty for a probation revocation hearing, according to Herndon.
The fatal chase, which happened Oct. 11, 2017, on Dunlap Road in Milledgeville, killed Justice’s cousin, Taboris Macell Wright, of Milledgeville, who was a passenger in a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Justice, who also was seriously injured.
The chase also resulted in other vehicles being involved in a wreck and others being injured.
In a Georgia Open Records Act request, The Union-Recorder requested a copy of the fatal wreck report written by Georgia State Patrol Trooper Patrick Prosser, who now works as an investigator with the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).
Prosser said in his report that he spotted the driver of the gold Mercury Grand Marquis not wearing his seat belt. The driver, later identified as Justice, was traveling east on Hancock Street.
The fatal crash happened on the 600 block of Dunlap Road.
In unrelated cases, several other defendants also were indicted by grand jurors earlier this week. They included:
- Jihada N. Jones, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
- Major Junior Evans Jr., aggravated asault on a peace officer.
- Joseph Lamont Curry, battery under the Georgia Family Violence Act.
- Brian Vincent Gregory, criminal damage to property in the second degree.
- Jacob Lee Stubbs, interference with government property.
- Rickita Leshae Callaway, terroristic threats.
- Jeremy Ryan Campen, two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. A “no bill” was returned against him on a charge of criminal trespass.
- Tercetis Rydell Roberson, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, giving false information to a law enforcement officer, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.