Three out of the four suspects involved in the Walmart carjacking and shooting of Officer Jeremy Davidson were scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in Christian County Circuit Court before Judge John Atkins.
However, the cases of Anthony Johnson, 19, September Neblett, 24, and Autumn Neblett, 25, were continued to Jan. 15 as the court is awaiting resolution in the federal case for Keith Kuzyk, 28.
Kuzyk is the fourth in the group and the one allegedly responsible for shooting Davidson in the arm and head.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling added that the Nebletts and Johnson could serve as witnesses in the federal case of Kuzyk and he does not want to work on resolutions in circuit court while the federal case is ongoing.
Johnson's Christian County charges are first-degree fleeing or evading police and receiving stolen property under $10,000 for his connection to the Feb. 18 Walmart parking lot car robbery that later led to two pursuits and to officer Jeremy Davidson being shot.
Both September Neblett and Autumn Neblett are charged with complicity to first-degree robbery and receiving stolen property under $10,000 for their involvement in the robbery. Autumn has an additional charge of convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Kuzyk faces a slew of charges in Christian County and Montgomery County, Tennessee, where he was apprehended.
According to New Era archives, on Feb. 18 the group of four arrived at Walmart on Clinic Drive and saw a white Chevrolet Tahoe that was occupied by four passengers. Kuzyk allegedly stole the vehicle from the driver by gunpoint. Johnson, who was also armed, entered the passenger's seat of the vehicle, and the two drove away in the stolen Tahoe.
Autumn and September Neblett drove away from the store in a Dodge 4X4 that the four of them arrived in.
Sometime later, the four met again, and Kuzyk got in the Dodge with Autumn, as September got in the stolen Tahoe with Johnson.
At that time, officer Davidson spotted the Dodge and began attempting to make a traffic stop, but the Dodge fled and a pursuit began.
During the pursuit Kuzyk fired a rifle multiple times at Davidson, striking him twice. One shot hit him in the head while the other struck his arm, according to police reports.
Kuzyk’s charges out of Christian County are first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree fleeing or evading police, receiving stolen property under $10,000, theft by unlawful taking of an auto over $10,000 and two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
In other court news, Trevarius L. Daniel, 21, appeared in court to enter guilty pleas in two separate cases Wednesday afternoon before Judge Andrew Self.
In one case, Daniel was charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree strangulation and sexual misconduct. In the other, he was charged with second-degree robbery.
However, he entered a guilty plea to the amended charges of sexual misconduct and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), which are both misdemeanors and carry a sentence of one year.
In the other case, Daniel entered a guilty plea to the amended charge of theft by unlawful taking over $500, on which the commonwealth recommended he serve three years in prison.
Each case would run concurrent for a total of three years, as recommended by the commonwealth.
Following Daniel entering his pleas, his defense attorney Eric Bearden asked Self to release Daniel prior to his final sentencing on an ankle monitor. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jerad Smith shared that he was not opposed to allowing his release.
Self ultimately granted his release pending his final sentencing hearing.
In his sexual misconduct case, Daniel is accused of allegedly choking and not allowing his girlfriend to leave a home when her friends arrived to pick her up Aug. 3 .
According to New Era archives, officers were called to a Donna Drive home to check the welfare of a female juvenile, the report stated. When officers arrived, the girl reportedly came out of the front door of the residence and originally told officers a false story as to why she was leaving the home.
However, police observed that the girl had blood on her shirt and marks around her neck. Officers asked her again what happened.
The girl told police that Daniel allegedly choked her and would not let her leave the home.
In his theft case, Daniel allegedly robbed James Maruca of his cash, cell phone and a pocket knife on May 29.
According to New Era archives, Daniel held Maruca down with a board and took his property.
Maruca identified Daniel as the person who robbed him, according to archives.
Officers located Daniel and arrested him for his alleged involvement in the robbery. Officers also recovered a destroyed cell phone in the garbage can of his home.
Daniel reportedly told officers he broke the phone after getting angry with Maruca's neighbor and said he would pay restitution for the damaged phone.
Daniel is scheduled for final sentencing Jan. 15.
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