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Murder cases ready to go to trial
Jakari Jontue Carter

Several murder cases are ready to go to trial before a jury and Judge Sydney Nation in Rockdale County Superior Court in the coming weeks.

Ntyono Pennie, 21, and Torrence Sanders, 27, are scheduled to go to trial next week starting Feb. 14 for an armed robbery, shooting, and car crash that killed another driver last year. They face charges including felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

They allegedly robbed a victim at Harvest Grove Lane near Iris Drive at gunpoint and shot him in the wrist on February 23, 2010. The duo fled in a grey Honda but not before a Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy spotted them and attempted to pull them over. Sanders, who was reportedly driving, ran through a red light, dodged traffic, and crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Salem Road and Flat Shoals, killing Shirley Aikin, a 56-year-old Newton County resident. 

Both men reportedly tried to leave the crash site on foot. Pennie was caught while Sanders escaped. Sanders was picked up in DeKalb County on Sept. 2 with someone who was stopped for a traffic violation.

Pennie initially entered a guilty plea, but withdrew that plea in January and is now going to trial instead.

Jakari Jontue Carter, 26, is scheduled to go to trial the week of Feb. 21 for charges including malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault. He was arrested after the shooting death of Stewart Elvin Tabb, Jr.on October 7, 2009 in the Brandon Glen Apartments.

According to a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office report, deputies found Stewart Elvin Tabb, Jr. lying face down in the grass with multiple gunshot wounds around 4 a.m. and called emergency medical personnel. The victim was taken to Rockdale Medical Center where he later died of his wounds.