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News Superior Court cases continued to September

Several Superior Court cases were continued for fall hearings last week in Macon County. The honorable Judge Sharon Tracey Barrett presided during the proceedings.

— Nathaniel Joshua Cabe, 27, faced several charges stemming from an incident last Spring including false imprisonment, extortion, communicating threats, interfering with emergency communications and injury to personal property. Cabe continued his hearing until Sept. 26.

Along with co-defendant Ian Thomas Spies, 22, Cabe was arrested near South Macon Elementary after being stopped by deputies on April 19. After initially being spotted in a grey Mitsubishi car matching the victim’s description, both suspects attempted to flee Officer Bryant Hodgin, who eventually captured Cabe.

Spies continued to flee and was later found hiding in the woods near Union Academy by Officer Jonathan Phillips.

Cabe had allegedly invaded a home on Wild Meadows Road. Public Defender Bradley Tisdale is representing Cabe.

— Randy Boyd Fouts, 44, continued his case until Sept. 26 as well.

In a special session of Superior Court last month, assistant district attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch made official her office’s intention to seek capital punishment for Fouts, who in May was indicted by grand jury for one count of murder in the death of Thomas Larry Ramsey, 61.

On the morning of Aug. 12 of last year, Ramsey was found at his Johnson Road home in the Cartoogechaye community. According to his autopsy report, Ramsey died from strangulation by asphyxiation and blunt force trauma to the head and had also reportedly been bound by the hands and feet with electrical-chord.

Fouts, who is being held without bond, is being represented by Asheville attorneys Al Messer and David Belser.

—Dennis Ray Mason, 54, continued his case until Sept. 26.

Mason was charged in late May with one felony count of larceny by an employee and one felony count of embezzlement. The charges stemmed from an incident reported on Dec. 16 claiming that more than $10,000 went missing from the Automatic Teller Machine located inside the Village Trader convenience store on Hwy. 28 north of Franklin.

— Jerri Ann Murphy, 33, pled guilty to numerous charges stemming from an identity theft arrest last month.

Murphy was found guilty of eight charges of possession of stolen goods, obtaining property under false pretenses, seven charges of identity theft and two counts of larceny. Judge Barrett continued Murphy’s sentencing for Sept. 26.


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