Lawyer: Ex-wife of indicted Augusta attorney Joseph Neal Jr. to surrender Thursday

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 3:15 PM
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The ex-wife of an Augusta attorney who was indicted Tuesday on rape charges will surrender to sheriff’s investigators Thursday morning, her attorney said.

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Pete Theodocion, who is representing Caroline Caldwell Neal, said his client will return from Greenville, S.C., to be booked at the Richmond County Jail.

Neal, 23, who was indicted along with her ex-husband, Joseph Neal Jr., in the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman, will have a bond hearing Thursday afternoon before Superior Court Judge James Blanchard Jr.

Grand jury arrest warrants on rape and providing alcohol to a person younger than 21 were issued for the Neals on Tuesday after a grand jury returned indictments against the former couple.

Joseph Neal was arrested Tuesday and remains at the jail, held without bond. A bond hearing is set for today before Blanchard.

The two are accused of having “carnal knowledge” of an 18-year-old woman “forcibly and against her will” on Dec. 16 at the Neals’ Kings Way home, according to court documents.

The woman filed a sheriff’s complaint four days later, on Dec. 20, stating that Joseph Neal Jr., 43, had given her four or five alcoholic drinks and marijuana before the alleged assault.

The next day, Caroline Neal was arrested and charged with simple battery related to a fight with her husband. Joseph Neal told the arresting officer that the two were arguing when his wife had accidentally shut his head in a door. The argument escalated to a fight with his wife hitting and scratching him, a sheriff’s report said. All this occurred in the presence of Joseph Neal’s 13-year-old son, the report said.

According to other court documents filed Feb. 22 by Joseph Neal, related to a custody battle over his son, Neal denies the allegations stating that there was “no sexual assault on anyone at anytime.”

The document states that Joseph and Caroline Neal together engaged in a “consensual sexual encounter” with “another adult woman” in their bedroom on the evening of Dec. 16.

Joseph Neal also denies the use of any illegal drugs or the abuse of alcohol in the same document and claims to have submitted to a hair follicle test and 10 urine drug screenings before Feb. 2.

According to the Richmond County Superior Court documents, Joseph and Caroline Neal divorced recently. They had filed twice before, in August and October 2011, which were both voluntarily dismissed. A settlement was reached in the third case filed in January and finalized Feb. 16.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/07/12 - 04:30 pm
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Bizarre.

Bizarre.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 04:33 pm
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Sounds like a good time for

Sounds like a good time for her to bargain with the DA in exchange for testimony. Where did the pic come from? It looks like a mug shot.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/07/12 - 04:40 pm
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What was she arrested for

What was she arrested for already to have a mug shot? Maybe they are divorcing because someone loves the kinky adult entertainment a little to much.

CarlA
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CarlA 03/07/12 - 05:05 pm
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IMHO, the prosecutor is going

IMHO, the prosecutor is going to have a hard time proving that the Neals forced this girl into the bedroom without consent. From what I understand the text message records between the parties will clear up alot of he said she said!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/07/12 - 04:45 pm
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'Til daddy takes the T-bird

'Til daddy takes the T-bird away

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/07/12 - 04:51 pm
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The mugshot was from the

The mugshot was from the domestic violence arrest that came days AFTER the alleged rape.

ForeverFrog
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ForeverFrog 03/07/12 - 04:53 pm
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Stillamazed, it is a mug

Stillamazed, it is a mug shot. She was arrested for domestic violence for attaching Joe and breaking a glass door in December.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 05:03 pm
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It sounds like a goofy snitch

It sounds like a goofy snitch is telling law enforcement where Caroline is even though she supposedly didn't force anyone to do anything for her part. Give her time and she'll come in and burn Neal.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/07/12 - 05:19 pm
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"The chains of matrimony are

"The chains of matrimony are so heavy that it takes two to carry them, sometimes three." -- Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 03/07/12 - 05:31 pm
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What scandal hides behind
Unpublished

What scandal hides behind those perfect, white picket fences.............

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/07/12 - 05:31 pm
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Snitch? LOL BUT...if anyone

Snitch? LOL BUT...if anyone ever knows the whereabouts of an indicted/wanted accused criminal, and they have knowledge that they ARE being sought...failure to inform law enforcement is illegal.

And pretty dang stupid to boot.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/07/12 - 05:38 pm
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What if you just SUSPECT

What if you just SUSPECT where a wanted person is?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/07/12 - 05:40 pm
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Joe Neal needed the pair

Joe Neal needed the pair because he wanted to be with someone his own age.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 05:41 pm
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Austin, arrest me. I know of

Austin, arrest me. I know of students down at Ga Southern who get bombed often and I ain't telling the cops.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 05:57 pm
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Reminds me of the Scott Dean

Reminds me of the Scott Dean episode.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 06:01 pm
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I love it when laymen explain

I love it when laymen explain the law. If I wanted to debate law I would have sought out Dixieman.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/07/12 - 06:08 pm
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You haven't corrected me yet,

You haven't corrected me yet, RM. In the meantime, I have shown you the err of your ways on several occasions.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 06:12 pm
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Corrected you on what? I

Corrected you on what? I believe correcting you would be like throwing starfish back in the ocean. An impossible task to finish.

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 03/07/12 - 06:12 pm
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error

error

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 06:18 pm
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Oh, come to think of it, I

Oh, come to think of it, I sent you something Monday about felony murder and the 1981 Georgia case when you thought it still applied to killings by the nonperpertrators. But, alas, it would be an endless task to correct all your mistakes.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 06:22 pm
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Anybody ever see the old news

Anybody ever see the old news story about Neal getting lost while skiing? He said the group skied off and left him. Heh, heh, heh. Some people you just don't want to open the door for if you know they are knocking. You know?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/07/12 - 06:22 pm
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The DA says you are reading

The DA says you are reading the law incorrectly...want her # ?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 06:24 pm
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Why don't YOU explain what

Why don't YOU explain what you think the law is here? You want Santa Claus' number?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/07/12 - 06:35 pm
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I did the other day...sorry

I did the other day...sorry you missed it.

Now back to this case... reportedly Pete Theodocian is her atty...and Judge Blanchard has been assigned the case.

Did someone mention Scott Dean?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/12 - 06:39 pm
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Well, whatever Theodocion

Well, whatever Theodocion does tell him not to put someone on the stand who says Ashley Wright said something she didn't. Remember THAT? Heh.

raul
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raul 03/07/12 - 06:41 pm
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austin, why didn't the DA

austin, why didn't the DA charge the three involved in the Martinez burglary attempt and the fatal shooting with murder instead of burglary then? The DA would then have more leverage to negotiate a plea down to what they have currently charged them with (if that makes sense)

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/07/12 - 06:53 pm
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Give them some time...unless

Give them some time...unless some behind the scenes stuff goes on...which is possible...there is a homicide charge that is possible for the kid that was in the house when the assault on the home owner occurred. The two in the car would not be eligible...

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/07/12 - 09:19 pm
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Back to topic: Isn't she

Back to topic: Isn't she local? Don't her parents still live here?

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 03/07/12 - 09:30 pm
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Heard she's from Columbia SC,

Heard she's from Columbia SC, not sure though.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/07/12 - 10:11 pm
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Get those cameras out when

Get those cameras out when she arrives at the courthouse tomorrow morning, folks! Prurient interest will rule the day!

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