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Dubose trial will not begin this year

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For the past year, the capital defense team has said in court that they will not be ready for their client, Ricky Dubose, to go to trial this September as scheduled. Today (Friday, Aug. 9), they were granted a continuance by Judge Alison T. Burleson during a hearing in Putnam County Superior Court.

Dubose is one of two inmates facing the death penalty in Putnam County for the June 13, 2017 slayings of Georgia Department of Corrections officers Sgt. Curtis Billue and Sgt. Chris Monica. They were traveling with other inmates on a prison bus through Putnam County, en route to the state prison in Jackson, when they shot and killed the two officers and escaped the bus and led authorities on a manhunt before surrendering to authorities in Tennessee. The other defendant, Donnie Rowe, is being tried separately.

The trial for Dubose was scheduled to begin September 30 in Putnam County Superior Court, with jurors from Glynn County.

The continuance has been requested several times in previous hearings by attorneys Nathaniel Studelska and Gabrielle Amber Pittman, of the Georgia Capital Defense Team, and denied. Pittman filed a motion Tuesday, Aug. 6 for a continuance, stating they need more time for investigation for their defense.

See the Aug. 15 edition of The Eatonton Messenger for more details on the defense’s claims, including that their client suffered PTSD, as well as other articles on each day’s pre-trial hearings that took place this week.

Read more in next week's edition.