Criminal trials wrap up in superior court
by Jessica Loeding
Feb 24, 2013 | 1963 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Superior Court wrapped up trial week Thursday, with verdicts being handed down in two drug cases in judges Scott Smith and Shepherd Howell’s courtrooms.

A Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force case that began Tuesday afternoon in Smith’s courtroom involving Tyler Scott Peterson, who was accused of trafficking and selling meth, forgery and marijuana violations, finished Thursday. He was found guilty on all count excepts the misdemeanor marijuana violation.

The 2011 incident stemmed from information received by the DTF involving the sale of meth. Peterson sold meth to an undercover officer and was later apprehended in a traffic stop in which a trafficking amount of meth, cash and marijuana was seized.

“The plans for any of our investigations are to go as high up on the ladder as we can. Essentially, ‘Cut the head off the snake’ is our philosophy,” the case agent testified Tuesday. “The circumstances changed when Mr. Peterson showed up with a large amount of drugs.

“As I thought about this as we were leaving and had to weigh the investigation’s future versus allowing that large amount of methamphetamine to go out into the public or wherever else, I made the decision and informed [the commander] to see if they could have the vehicle stopped.”

Peterson will be sentenced March 12.

In Howell’s courtroom Wednesday, a jury found Larry Douglas Parrott guilty on two counts of child molestation. He is set to be sentenced March 12.

Thursday in the judge’s courtroom, it was an emotional scene as the jury returned a mixed verdict in the case of Devonte Lavon Glover.

Glover was charged with three counts of violation of street gang terrorism and prevention act, sale of methamphetamine, possession of meth and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce. He was found guilty of sale of meth, possession of meth and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce. The jury returned a not guilty verdict on the three counts of violation of street gang terrorism and prevention act.

He was arrested after selling an “eight ball,” or 3.5 grams, of meth to a confidential informant for the DTF in January 2012.

According to testimony from a DTF agent and the confidential informant, the CI contacted the DTF about purchasing meth from Glover. During the operation, the CI, equipped with an audio recorder, and an undercover officer took $250 to a local restaurant and met Glover, the agent testified.

Once the CI and Glover met, the pair walked to a parked vehicle where Glover retrieved the meth from a baby formula container in the rear seat, according to testimony.

Glover’s co-defendant, Karisa Nicole Neal, with whom he has a child, was inside the restaurant during the time of the sale, according to testimony. She was found guilty Thursday of possession of meth and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce. Neal also will be sentenced March 12.

Glover asked Howell after the verdict was read to delay his being taken into custody so he could spend time with his small son. His request was denied and sentencing was set for March 12.

“It’s OK, baby. Don’t cry,” Glover said to a sobbing Neal as he was taken into custody.