Man ruled competent for Grovetown murder trial

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One of five Augusta men  charged in a 2008 home invasion and murder in Grovetown was deemed competent today to stand trial by a Columbia County jury .
Garland Ray Pittman, 16, is one of five men charged in the September 2008 fatal shooting of Rickey Gibson, 33, and assault of his girlfriend and infant son.
David Brunk, Pittman's defense attorney, has filed an intent to seek the insanity defense, which required a mental evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial. A state psychologist assigned to complete the evaluation. She said at an October hearing that she attempted three times, but was unable to complete the evaluation because Pittman was either uncooperative or unable to complete a thorough interview.
She refused to provide a determination.
A civil jury was assembled to hear the case and determined Pittman is competent to stand trial. Competency means that Pittman is able to understand the nature and object of the court proceedings, his own situation as it relates to the proceedings and is able to assist his attorney in his defense.
"This is whether or not Garland Pittman understands what he is here for," Assistant District Attorney Dana Wolk said of the hearing.
Based on testimony from psychologists, counselors and teachers, the jury quickly decided Pittman was competent.
A trial date has not yet been set.
In October, a jury found Antwon Booker, 21, guilty of burglary, armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, kidnapping, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a First Offender probationer. The jury acquitted Booker of malice murder and did not reach a verdict on the felony murder charge. Because the jury did not agree on a verdict on the felony murder charge, Booker can be re-tried on that charge.
KarmbOctavious Young, 20, was convicted of the charges in August; and Martin Napoleon Holmes, 19, and Willie Bernard Butler, 20, were convicted in October.
The five men are accused of killing Gibson in his home. Police say the man broke into the home Gibson shared with his girlfriend and infant son, held the family at gunpoint, ut a gun in the baby's mouth, threatened them and shot at her before fatally shooting Gibson.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or
valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/11/10 - 07:30 am
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"KarmbOctavious"?

"KarmbOctavious"?

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 02/11/10 - 10:11 am
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"two counts of possession of

"two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime,The jury acquitted Booker of malice murder and did not reach a verdict on the felony murder charge," He was found guilty of posession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, but not guilty of murder. I suppose the victim got in the way of the bullet.Talk about a jury of his peers. I am glad they can try this scum again on the murder charge. How a defense attorney could try to get this man found not guilty of murder and go home and sleep at night I do not know.

dominionfs
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dominionfs 02/11/10 - 10:10 am
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maninthemirror- Thats a

maninthemirror- Thats a simple one. Defense attornies don't sleep, they just lie in their coffins awaiting the next victim.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 02/11/10 - 10:13 am
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How a defense could try to

How a defense could try to get this man found not guilty of murder and go home and sleep at night I do not know.

I am NOT defending the convict. The lawyer goes home and sleeps well for a job well done. That is what he's paid to do. If you don't know how he she could go home and sleep after doing a job well..... well, I know how because I sleep extremely well after doing an exceptional job.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 02/11/10 - 10:13 am
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dominionfs-How true!

dominionfs-How true!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 02/11/10 - 10:19 am
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Ayetidiosi: If a job well

Ayetidiosi: If a job well done is considered working for the devil then more power to you!

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 02/11/10 - 10:27 am
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If a customer pays you to

If a customer pays you to sweep the floor, and you sweep that floor well, you go home and sleep the sleep of the just.

If a client pays a lawyer to represent them, and gains the outcome they paid to gain, that lawyer had done their job well.

No evil, no devil. Just an avg Joe trying to feed his family.

I'll take defense attorneys who's clients engage them, over Ken Nugent and the like who prey upon those who sit at home and watch Judge Judy all day.

dominionfs
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dominionfs 02/11/10 - 10:59 am
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Law School Sylabus LAW 101-

Law School Sylabus

LAW 101- Surgical procedure to remove conscience, integrity and any other human traits detrimental to the practice of law.

LAW 102- There is legal and there is fair, never confuse the two.

LAW 103- The truth is what you say it is aka keeping a straight face while lying through your teeth.

Aye sez: If a client pays a lawyer to represent them, AND GAINS THE OUTCOME THEY PAID TO GAIN, that lawyer had done their job well. Thereby reinforcing my belief that justice is not only blind, but a prostitute for sale to the highest bidder.

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realitycheck09 02/11/10 - 12:09 pm
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I always enjoy reading the

I always enjoy reading the ignorant drivel that people spill on these pages about "scum" defense attorneys. First, the attorney in this case did not pick his client - he was appointed. Secondly, the attorney does NOT control whether or not the client gets a trial - the client decides to plead guilty or not guilty. Blaming an attorney for what a client does is like blaming a waiter at a restaurant for bringing you unhealthy food.

Finally, if this particular individual pleads guilty, he gets a life sentence. If he goes to trial, he gets a life sentence. Gee, what would you do in that situation? Plead guilty or at least roll the dice on a trial?

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sugarbutton 02/11/10 - 04:20 pm
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I'm just glad this show is

I'm just glad this show is finally moving along. It's been a long road for many people getting through this last year and a half. I still pray for the children left behind. What a sad world we have for our youth to grow up in. Someone has to care for them. For those of us who don't like the government paying....I say, take a child in and show the ones who can't do it...how working people do it without the governments help.

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themaninthemirror 02/12/10 - 09:29 am
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I guess those of us who do

I guess those of us who do not agree with the criminal who pleads not guilty do not have a heart. I am not saying that the attorney is responsible for the criminal pleading not guilty, I just wonder what kind of mentality it takes to put one's self on the same level as the criminal in order to defend him if guilt is evident. Besides, the attorney gets paid either way.

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