Grand Jury Issues Indictments

A Stephens County grand jury hands down a number of indictments.

The indictments came down last week.

Among those indicted was Christopher Eugene Hatcher of Toccoa.

Hatcher was indicted on one count of cruelty to children in the first degree, four counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of driving while license suspended, and one count of speeding.

His indictment is in connection to a high-speed chase back in April, in which Hatcher allegedly led authorities from multiple agencies on a chase down Highway 17 during the early morning hours at speeds in excess of 125 miles per hour before being wrecked by authorities in order to stop the chase.

A child was allegedly in Hatcher’s vehicle during the chase, according to authorities.

Also indicted were Joshua Franklin Spearman and Megan Lynn Spearman, both of Toccoa.

They were both indicted on two counts of burglary in the first degree, four counts of entering an automobile, and one count of theft by taking.

The two were suspects in multiple burglaries and were arrested after a vehicle break-in at the First Alliance Church of Toccoa back in May.

In addition, the grand jury indicted Ernest Black of Martin on one count of interference with government property.

He is accused of causing damage to the town of Martin’s Christmas lights last December.

Finally, a grand jury indicted Ray Daniel Mims of Carnesville and Jessica Hope Windiate of Toccoa on two counts of burglary in the first degree in connection to two alleged burglaries in April on Oak Valley Road and Brookhaven Circle.

These and other true bills of indictment handed down last week by the grand jury will now move into Stephens County Superior Court.