A child sexual abuse and rape case was dismissed by the prosecution Wednesday afternoon in Judge Andrew Self’s Courtroom.
Ernest H. Davie, 65, was scheduled to appear in person in Self’s courtroom to hear that his case would be dismissed. However, his defense attorney Rick Sanborn advised the court that Davie was unable to appear due to recent health issues.
Sanborn stated that Davie recently underwent surgery following a heart attack and due to that, did not appear in court.
However, the judge asked Christian County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Bolen, who was prosecuting the case, if she wanted to move forward with her motion to dismiss. She agreed.
Self granted the motion and dismissed Davie’s case. No information regarding the dismissal was released in court Wednesday.
Davie was previously charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, one count fo first-degree sodomy of a child under the age of 12, one count of attempted first-degree sodomy of a child under the age of 12 and two counts of first-degree rape of a child under the age of 12.
According to New Era archives, Davies was served with a Christian County indictment for the sexual abuse and rape charges on Feb. 19.
According to the indictments, Davies was alleged to have forced a child into sexual intercourse and other related behavior several times between 2016 and 2018.
In other court news, Anshanique Leavell, 20, who is charged in the shooting death of Amareya’ K. Freeman, 23, in June, 2019, appeared in Judge John Atkins’ court Wednesday morning via Zoom while at the Christian County Jail.
Leavell’s defense attorney Michael Thompson explained to Atkins that he had recently received a new plea offer from Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling, but had not yet been able to consider it with his client.
Thompson requested that her case be continued to another pretrial conference date in order for him to discuss the offer with Leavell.
He added that on the next court appearance date, he would likely schedule the case for jury trial if the case is not resolved by then.
Atkins granted the case and continued Leavell to appear Nov. 4.
According to New Era archives, Freeman was found unresponsive after officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Greenville Road around midnight June 6. Freeman had a gunshot wound to his chest and was later pronounced dead at Jennie Stuart Health.
Shortly after, officers came in contact with Leavell, who allegedly said in an interview with officers that she shot him. Police reports state Leavell also had a stolen handgun.
She is charged with murder and receiving stolen property (firearm).
One of the defendants accused in an assault and wanton endangerment case, Lanautica D. Smith, 22, was scheduled to appear in Atkins’ court for a pretrial conference, but was unable to due to being placed in quarantine after being exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, according to Smith’s attorney Eric Bearden.
Bearden explained to the court that while she was not able to appear, the defense and the commonwealth were able to reach a resolution in the case. With that, he requested that the case be continued November to allow her to appear and enter a plea.
Atkins agreed and scheduled Smith to appear on Nov. 10.
Bearden added that Smith’s codefendant in the case, Brian Macklin, 26, would also likely be entering a plea on the same date.
Smith is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Macklin is charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
According to New Era archives, Smith allegedly hit two people with a car while Macklin attempted to hit several individuals with a separate vehicle.
Korbyn Newsome and Tevin Branch told police that on the early morning of Oct. 2, 2019, Smith got behind the wheel of a car and hit both of them with the car after a fight broke out, archives said.
Newsome and Branch were seriously injured and had to be transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for their injuries, according to the report.
Archives also state Macklin got into a seperate vehicle and attempted to hit Newsome and Branch as well as two others, putting four people in danger of serious injury.