Lancaster County Circuit Court Report

by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—In Lancaster County Circuit Court August 4, bond was revoked for a defendant who tested positive for drug use while awaiting trial. 

Probation officer Janelle Brooks testified last Friday that while Weems resident S. Annette Chewning’s screening tests were negative to drug and alcohol use on two occasions, she tested positive for cocaine use on three other screenings. 

Chewning challenged the drug tests, saying her own tests showed she was clear. “I bought test kits at Wal-Mart which showed no drug use,” she testified.

“Ms. Chewning has tested positive for cocaine on three separate occasions,” said Circuit Court Judge R. Michael McKenney. “She has some modicum of denial with Wal-Mart tests…The cornerstone on all bonds is the defendant will not re-offend.” 

Judge McKenney found her in violation and set trial for for October 20.

Other cases

Jordan A. Cauthorne of Lancaster withdrew a post-trial motion for modification of his sentence after Commonwealth’s Attorney Jan Smith objected. Cauthorne is serving an active sentence of one year and one month for distribution of a controlled substance.

Terrence Marcel Clarke of Kilmarnock requested bond while awaiting trial on selling schedule I/II drugs. A bond hearing was set for August 25.

Mark Jerome Redmond of Heathsville, scheduled for trial for felony receiving stolen goods, had the charge nolle prosequi by Smith.

The trial of Kionte Richon Walters of Kilmarnock for felony forcible rape and burglary was continued to September 22.

Damien T. Dandridge of Lancaster, charged with two felonies of selling marijuana and grand larceny, was granted a $10,000 unsecured bond with a curfew of two hours after work. Bench trial was set for October 20.

Jamal DeHaven Waddy of White Stone, charged with felony distribution of drugs, was set for trial on October 6.

Deandra Lee Lucas, arraigned on two misdemeanors of possession and distribution of marijuana, qualified for a court appointed attorney. Trial will be set August 25.

Cara D. Mellanson of Richmond was set for trial on September 8 for a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear.

Terrence Marcel Clarke was arraigned on a felony charge of obstruction of justice, inflicting bodily harm and impeding justice. He qualified for a court appointed attorney. Trial will be set August 25.

Rashan Jamel Foote of Weems was arraigned on a charge of felony forcible rape. He qualified for a court appointed attorney. Trial will be set in conjunction with co-defendants on October 13. He was released on a secured bond with $25,000 personal recognizance added. Foote was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Joshua Tyler Williams of Mathews was arraigned on three felonies of receiving stolen goods and credit card fraud. The case was continued to August 25 in order for the defendant to provide an income statement from his employer in order to qualify for a court appointed attorney.

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