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Badge and Bar: Inmate accused of killing cellmate to undergo further mental evaluation
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John Darrell Setchel, 24, of Dawsonville was indicted on Oct. 8 in the death of Ronald Sailers, 72, of Murrayville. Setchel is accused by authorities of slamming Sailers’ head into the concrete floor repeatedly three days before the indictment.

Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin signed an order on Dec. 23 for mental evaluation and any appropriate treatment by the Department of Human Resources.

The evaluation hopes to determine if Setchel had the mental capacity to understand right and wrong and “whether or not the presence of a delusional compulsion overmastered the accused’s will to resist committing the act.”

Gosselin previously signed an order on Oct. 21 for a mental evaluation on Setchel’s ability to stand trial. Counsel for Setchel had observed he was “detached from reality and unable to communicate regarding his charges.”

Man reindicted on child molestation charges

A 36-year-old man was reindicted Monday on charges of child molestation and statutory rape, with small changes made to the alleged timeline brought forth by the state.

Ajron M. Peppers was charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation, statutory rape, four counts of child molestation, misdemeanor simple battery, two counts of enticing a minor for indecent purposes, two counts of aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment.

Defense counsel for Peppers filed motions against the date ranges alleged in the indictment, which in some counts have a range of two years.

Some dates included in the range could not be supported in connection with an alleged aggravated child molestation charge based on the victim’s testimony, according to the order signed by Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver. The range was subsequently shortened.

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