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Badge & Bar: Suspect in fentanyl overdose case charged with obstruction
Tentative date set in Peppers Market case for new trial motion
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A Winder man accused in a felony murder case involving the alleged sale of fentanyl to a friend was charged Tuesday with obstructing an officer.

Casey Aaron Trichel, 24, faces charges of felony murder, sale and distribution of fentanyl and involuntary manslaughter. Gainesville Police said they believe Joseph Patterson, 23, ingested the pills under the assumption they were a prescription medicine.

Scott Drake, Trichel’s attorney, filed a waiver of arraignment and a plea of not guilty July 24.

According to the State Court accusation, Trichel allegedly obstructed a Hall County Sheriff’s Office employee on Aug. 2 “in the lawful discharge of his official duties by failing to obey lawful commands.”

Tentative date set in Peppers Market case for new trial motion
A man found guilty in June 2014 of shooting a man outside Peppers Market in Gainesville a year prior will tentatively have his motion for a new trial heard in September.

Joseph Scott Williams was accused of shooting Adrian Thompson outside Peppers Market on June 3, 2013. He was found guilty of murder by a Hall County jury June 27, 2014.

“Errors of law prevented (Williams) from obtaining a fair trial and it is just and proper for the Defendant to be retried on the charges to which Defendant was convicted,” according to the motion for new trial.

The new trial motion has been continued twice as Williams and his counsel R. Allen Hunt attempt to subpoena witnesses.

Superior Court Judge Jason Deal set a date for Sept. 1 for the motion to be heard in his courtroom.

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