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January 10, 2014

Court update: Bozzie murder trial delayed until March

Editor’s note: Updates on high-interest criminal cases previously reported in The Daily Citizen will appear periodically on Saturdays.

The trial for a man accused of killing a person in June by running over him with a pickup truck has been moved to March.

Frank Scott Bozzie, 47, of Dalton, was charged by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with murdering 54-year-old Horace Richard Morgan at Morgan’s home at 504 Gay St. Bozzie also faces seven counts of aggravated assault for other acts authorities say he committed that day, including ramming his truck into a vehicle his ex-girlfriend was in at the McDonald’s on East Walnut Avenue.

Bozzie had been scheduled for trial this month, but the case was delayed to March 7 in Superior Court before Judge Jack Partain. Jury trials are often repeatedly delayed as both sides work to line up evidence and witnesses or, in some cases, work out a plea deal to avoid a trial. Information on why this case was delayed wasn’t immediately available.

Other cases in Superior Court include:

• John Parrish, who is accused of being part of a teen theft ring that stole several vehicles around Whitfield County as well as small items  from people’s cars. He faces a felony theft by taking charge related to allegedly stealing a 1998 Toyota Corolla and is scheduled to appear before Judge Cindy Morris on March 11 to state whether he is ready to go to trial on March 24.

• Michael Roberts, who was charged with robbing a pharmacy and throwing gasoline on an employee there as he took off with some pain pills the employee wouldn’t give him. Roberts had been scheduled for trial on Jan. 6 before Judge William T. Boyett, but he is now expected to enter a plea on Jan. 28. He was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a schedule 2 drug and possession of a schedule 1 or 2 drug.

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