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Date Set for the First of the Ewing Murder Trials

The first of the death penalty trials for the three men accused in the murder of 65-year-old Epsie Ewing of Loganville is scheduled to begin in October.

Walton County's District Attorney Layla Zon confirmed that jury selection in the death penalty trial of Cory Butler has been set to begin the week of Oct. 22. Butler is one of the three Monroe men accused in the of Loganville.

Butler, John Jody Blackwell, Jr. and Barry Partee are facing the death penalty following the May 21, 2009 attack that resulted in the death of Ewing the following month. The men were arrested within a week of the attack and charged with malice murder, three counts of felony murder, aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. Butler faces an additional charge of a convicted felon being in possession of a weapon.

According to earlier court testimony, Ewing’s husband knew Butler. The three men went to the Ewing's home on the pretext of wanting to purchase a truck. After taking the truck for a test drive, they are accused of forcing C.F. Ewing back into the home at gunpoint, where the elderly couple were allegedly beaten.

A neighbor called the police after seeing the subjects flee the scene. C.F. and Epsie Ewing were taken to the hospital. C.F. Ewing was released the following day, but his wife did not survive her injuries and died June 23, 2009. The family has been fragmented as a result of cirumstances surrounding the case. In earlier court testimony it was revealed that Butler was at the house the week before the alleged attacks with another woman who allegedly had a prior relationship with C.F. Ewing. According to family members, this has caused a rift in the family, which has been aggravated by the Zon said with motions being heard together for the three defendants, scheduling all the attorneys at the same time has not been easy. However, with motions in at least two of the cases now almost complete, and the date set for the first one to begin, Zon is hopeful that all three trials can be completed by the end of 2012.

"I hope that we can dispose of all three cases by the end of the year, but that may be a bit optimistic," Zon said, confirming that jury selection for Butler's case will begin Oct. 22 and the trial should be ready to begin the following week, Oct. 29. Zon said most of the motions, at least for Butler and Blackwell, were now complete.

"All but a jury challenge for the grand jury and traverse jury," Zon said.

It is, however, likely there will be more of a delay in the case of Partee since motions in his case had to be suspended Thursday when one of the court appointed attorneys failed to show up for court. Zon said she doesn't know when pretrial motions for Partee will resume.

"That depends on what happens with his counsel," Zon said.

Janice Faye Evans March 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
thank you michelle
Janice Faye Evans March 10, 2012 at 04:40 PM
we were devastated to find out that the court date has been pushed back until october 22nd and that will be for jury selection and hopefully the actual trial will start on the 29th for corey butler. ofcourse we were hoping for a speedy trial, but it has been everything but that. Its really mind boggling that criminals have more rights then you can imagine and on the other hand....still no justice for my sister. This was not just someone knocking someone around. Epsie was brutally beaten and i mean to a pulp and to think that the three guys that did this to her have all the rights in the world. What is wrong with our justice? Please leave comments and help us get justice for Epsie
Janice Faye Evans March 11, 2012 at 08:21 PM
thank you
PAUL FARMER March 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM
INJUSTICE HAPPENS ALL OVER THE WORLD , SADLY YOU ARE RIGHT IN YOUR OBSERVATIONS, IT USED TO BE AN EYE FOR AN EYE , THESE THREE ABISMAL EXCUSES FOR HUMAN BEINGS WILL REAP THE REWARDS FOR THEIR ACTIONS , IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT , REMEMBER GOD SEES ALL ,
Johnny Doe March 14, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Death would be a gift, let them sit and think about what they did,,,Then God will judge them

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