A status hearing was held Thursday for Kerry Antonio Gibbs, 44, and David Mark Fenimore, 40, in which Assistant District Attorney Anne Allen told Judge Bill Hamrick that the case should be placed on the trial calendar for the week of March 11.
Several months ago, Feminore told a judge that he would like to release Carrollton attorney Bryan Howard, and go forward without an attorney. Howard had been appointed by the court.
Both men are charged with robbery, with Fenimore also charged with armed robbery.
The case has been postponed for more than two years, first because Fenimore’s attorney requested a mental evaluation.
Fenimore and Gibbs are charged in connection with robberies at the First National Bank of Georgia on Dec. 1, 2009, and at Regions Bank on Dec. 4, 2009. Both men were arrested separately following the robberies.
Fenimore entered a plea of not guilty to armed robbery and robbery by intimidation in November 2010. Gibbs entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of robbery by intimidation in April 2011. A Carroll County grand jury indicted Fenimore in late March.
He was arrested by Douglasville police during a traffic stop on Dec. 5, 2009, and has been held in the Douglas County Jail since. When Fenimore was arrested, he was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and drug-related objects. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest and police recovered several thousand dollars from the scene.
Gibbs had been released from jail for only two days when the robbery at First National took place.
Gibbs was reportedly driving the same vehicle used in the Dec. 1 robbery when he was stopped for a traffic violation in Fulton County, at which time an undisclosed amount of cocaine was discovered. He was arrested for possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license.
• Also in court Thursday, the victim of a serious injury by vehicle was granted bond on a charge of burglary.
Hamim Woods-Blakley, 21, of Carrollton, was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal trespass. He was granted a $1,000 bond and was out of jail Thursday.
The arrest warrant on file for Woods-Blakley said that he “kicked open the door” of a Carrollton apartment to steal a pizza. The report states the defendant illegally entered the residence of Lisa Geter and Terriron Kidd at 125 Williams St. in December to steal a “five-dollar pizza.”
The man is represented by public defender John Howe.
Woods-Blakley lost his right arm in an April 2011 car accident, in which DeWayne Nicolus Griffin, 24, was believed to be driving under the influence. Woods-Blakley was a passenger in Griffin’s BMW during the accident, which occurred on North Park Street in Carrollton in the early morning hours of April 29, 2011.
Griffin pleaded guilty to the charge in a blind plea — meaning the judge was not given a sentencing recommendation by the prosecution — in October, receiving six years in prison, followed by nine years probation.
“I’ve carried the guilt of that accident around for a long time,” Griffin told Woods-Blakley during his guilty plea.
Woods-Blakley told the judge during his guilty plea that his friend had made the wrong decision in choosing to drive that night.
“I don’t think it’s right that someone can choose to drive in that condition,” Woods-Blakley said in a vicim impact statement.
Since his guilty plea, Griffin has motioned to withdraw his guilty plea, arguing that his counsel was “deficient.”
Judge John Simpson, who heard Griffin’s motion, has not yet ruled on the possible withdrawal. His law clerk said it will probably be the end of the month before his ruling is final.