Trial dates have been set in October for three murder trials in Murray County.
Anthony James Clark and Jami Brooke Johnson are charged with murder for the death of Stasha Fay Baggett, 30, in February. Sheriff Gary Langford said at the time of the original investigation that the death occurred during a “botched drug deal.” Separate trials for Clark and Johnson are set for the Oct. 7 calendar.
Clark, of Dalton, and Johnson, of Rossville, were arrested after Baggett’s body was found in the driveway at 252 Red Cut Road in northern Murray County.
Langford said Baggett “got run over or maybe struck a tree, but she was hanging onto the car as they were attempting to drive off.” Chief Deputy Jimmy Davenport said it appeared Baggett was trying to stop Clark and Johnson from leaving and said the incident started over the sale of meth with an estimated street value of between $65 and $80. Baggett was said to be the seller. A 911 caller named Clark as the driver.
Clark is charged with two counts of murder, armed robbery, robbery and possession of meth. Johnson is charged with murder, robbery and possession of meth. Both are represented by the Public Defender's Office.
In a separate case, Eric Charles Stewart of Calhoun was indicted for two counts of murder and armed robbery in the death of a Resaca man in May. Donnie Charles’ body was found behind Charles' home at 1263 Sexton Road on May 17. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released information that witnesses said Stewart had been camping behind Charles’ home. Investigators found bloody items belonging to both Charles, 54, and Stewart at the campsite.
Stewart’s trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 21 before Chief Superior Court Judge William T. Boyett. Stewart is represented by Cat Pyne with the Public Defender's Office.