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Charges dismissed for co-defendants in rape, sodomy case
No threats made, according to investigator
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A Magistrate Court judge dismissed the sexual assault case against two co-defendants at a committal hearing Friday in Hall County.

Darryl Dewayne Johnson, 29, and Taqueria Shanise Bell, 24, appeared in court Friday to answer to charges of rape and aggravated sodomy, respectively. Both cases were dismissed by the judge.

Dan Sammons, the attorney for both co-defendants, said the pair has had a tough struggle since the charges were brought by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

“I would hope that the state would appreciate the precarious nature of their case and let these good folks go on with their lives,” he said.

The alleged victim knew Bell and Johnson, according to investigator Ashley Corwin.

Corwin said the alleged sexual assault took place on Jan. 15 and was reported to authorities on Jan. 17.

“(The alleged victim) said that he laid his body on the top part of her,” the investigator said.

During cross-examination, Sammons asked Corwin if there were any threats or weapons used, to which the investigator said neither existed.

The judge expressed concerns about moving the case on to Superior Court and decided to dismiss both cases.