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December 27, 2013

Court update: Bozzie murder trial scheduled for January

A man charged in connection with using a pickup truck to allegedly run over and kill another man in June has been scheduled for trial on Jan. 13 in Whitfield County Superior Court.

Frank Scott Bozzie, 47, of Dalton, was charged by the 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.

Officials said Morgan was a friend of Bozzie’s ex-girlfriend and had allowed her to stay at his home. A 911 recording indicates Morgan was trying to get Bozzie to leave shortly before he died. Bozzie’s case is before Judge Jack Partain.

Other cases in Whitfield County Superior Court include:

• Lana Blaylock, a Dalton woman charged with battery and simple battery for allegedly grabbing a 13-year-old’s face at a football game at Harmon Field in October, is scheduled to appear before Partain on Jan. 3 to state whether she is ready for trial on Jan. 13. Blaylock has previously said she scratched the boy with her fingernails but did not mean to and was trying to get away from him because she felt threatened.

• Justin Wade Dunn, who was 26 when he was arrested in April 2012, is scheduled to appear before Judge Cindy Morris on Jan. 7 to state whether he is ready for a Jan. 13 trial related to interactions with an underage girl. Dunn is charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child molestation for alleged acts against the girl whose father caught some of the acts on video, according to authorities.

• Raymundo Hurtado-Lazarin is scheduled to appear before Judge David Blevins for trial on March 10. He faces charges of rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment for allegedly raping a woman in November 2011 after she refused to go on a date with him.

• Ronald Len Merrill of Dalton is scheduled to appear before Partain on Jan. 3 to state whether he is ready for trial on Jan. 13. Merrill faces two counts of aggravated assault (family violence), false imprisonment, battery (family violence, first offense), three counts of obstruction and two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer for allegedly threatening and choking a woman and pulling a steak knife on a sheriff’s deputy.

• William “Billy” Roger Newcom, who taught gymnastics at the Creative Arts Guild more than two years ago, faces a Feb. 5 arraignment date on which he can enter a plea. He is charged with child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and distributing obscene materials to minors for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages and photos to a 15-year-old former student.

• Michael Roberts is scheduled for trial Jan. 6 before Judge William Boyett for allegedly robbing a pharmacy and throwing gasoline on an employee who refused to give him pain pills on May 29. He is charged with armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a schedule 2 drug and possession of a schedule 1 or 2 drug.

• Lawrence Edward “Larry” Womac is scheduled for trial March 10 before Blevins. He is charged with rape, four counts of aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, four counts of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, first degree cruelty to children, false imprisonment and aggravated assault.

Authorities arrested Womac at his Rocky Face home in July after asking the public for help locating him. According to police, Womac invited two underage girls who were guests at a hotel where he was staying to come into his room, then raped and sexually assaulted them.

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