COVINGTON, Ga. - Every online story, published article, social media post and marketing material used by The Covington News to provide coverage on the ongoing murder trial of Caliyah C. McNabb will become official court evidence Tuesday morning, as The News has been subpoenaed to provide information by the Newton County Public Defender's Office.
According to an April 22 subpoena for the production of evidence, The News was asked to provide "certified copies of any/all articles and online postings pertaining to the disappearance of Caliyah McNabb, the arrests of Christopher McNabb and Cortney Bell, and any subsequent articles/postings pertaining to this case including but not limited to paper article, online articles and Facebook posts."
The News was also asked to provide subscriber information and online viewer numbers along with any comments posted to any of the above mentioned posts.
The request came from the office of Anthony Carter, chief public defender for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Carter represents Christopher Michael McNabb, who faces charges of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, murder in the second degree, aggravated battery, first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children and concealing the death of another.
The Covington News has provided extensive coverage of this incident and the ongoing court proceedings, to include video and live stream coverage and more. A list of online postings is included with this story.
The trial is scheduled to start in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John M. Ott May 6 in the Newton County Superior Court.