A Marietta man was sentenced, Monday, to two life sentences for his conviction earlier this month, on child rape charges.
Neville Curtis Turnbull, 30, was convicted Jan. 6, following a three-day jury trial in Clayton County Superior Court, said Clayton Assistant District Attorney Katie Powers.
Turnbull testified in his own defense and claimed the allegations were false.
"He said the charges were all made up because of a custody dispute," said Powers. "He also continued to write letters to the family from jail, in violation of a no-contact order, which was just a continued attempt to control them."
The child victim, now 10, also testified. Powers said sexual abuse and rape of the child started at 5, and continued for two years. The child lives out of state now.
"At the end of the day, the jury believed the child over the defendant," she said.
Turnbull was convicted of rape and child molestation, and three counts each of aggravated sodomy, and aggravated child molestation.
Three indicted in theft
of 19 tons of metal
A Clayton County grand jury has indicted three men in the alleged theft of 38,000 pounds of metal from a local business.
Jamie Travis Chapman, Paul David Thompson and Tony Shane Adcock were indicted Wednesday for theft by taking, criminal damage to property, interference with government property and criminal trespass.
Prosecutors allege that the three stole the metal from United Rentals Trench Safety. The trio also allegedly damaged Georgia Power Co., power lines, causing a fire in the June 11 incident.
In other indictments:
• Eugene Lewis Weiss faces charges of enticing a child, under 16, two counts each of sodomy, and aggravated child molestation, and six counts of child molestation.
The indictment alleges that Weiss took the child to a Stockbridge motel for the purpose of sexual assault.
• Pierre Richard Jeanlouis was indicted on four counts of aggravated battery, and five counts of cruelty to children.
Prosecutors allege that Jeanlouis fractured his daughter's skull, both legs and right shoulder in an alleged beating in March of 2009. They also allege that he failed to get medical care for the child.
• James Ezeil Andrews was indicted on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and child molestation of a child under 10, in an alleged incident on Sept. 1.
Mother charged in beating
A Jonesboro mother was arrested, Wednesday, after some of her daughter’s teachers at Mundy's Mill High School, discovered a gaping wound on the daughter's head, said Clayton County sheriff's officials.
Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Crisp said the school contacted the Special Investigation Unit after discovering the injury.
Investigators talked to the girl and learned that her mother had allegedly hit her in the head, causing the wound, Crisp said.
Chandra Michelle Mitchell, 39, has been charged with battery under the Family Violence Act. She is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail, pending her first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court Thursday afternoon.
In another matter, Crisp said, the Fugitive Squad has arrested a Riverdale man wanted for kidnapping, burglary and battery in an alleged incident on Jan. 20. Nehemiah Johnson Jr., 28, also is charged with failure to appear in court.
Crisp said the charges stem from an incident reported at Johnson's former girlfriend's home on Upper Riverdale Road. Johnson was arrested at his brother's Jonesboro home without incident. He is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail. He is due back in court Feb. 9, for a preliminary hearing.
–– Kathy Jefcoats