Two cases that captured headlines when they occurred have potential trials set for this week in Douglas County Superior Court.
Chad Amir Washington, 22, is facing a trial before Chief Superior Court Judge Robert R. James for armed robbery. Also, Judge William “Beau” McClain is set to preside over a drug trafficking trial for Humberto Mondragon-Ruiz and Arturo Rodriguez-Colin. Both trials would likely begin on Tuesday.
Washington is accused of being part of a group that stalked a 32-year-old woman and her 53-year-old mother, while they shopped in the Thornton Road Walmart last Aug. 13. Testimony in previous court hearings suggest that the men followed the women to their residence on Highland Hills Parkway in Douglasville, following them more than 10 miles in the process.
Once the women were at home and unloaded the purchased items, they were robbed at gunpoint.
On March 22, 22-year-old Baruch Benyamin was sentenced to life in prison for the crime. He was said to be the gunman in the robbery. Testimony in Benyamin’s trial suggested that Washington was with the group and was a passenger in the car used to follow the victims.
Washington is charged with two counts each of armed robbery and Aggravated Assault. Assistant District Attorney Ryan Leonard is prosecuting the case for the state, while Washington is represented by Kevin Drummond.
A third suspect, Telvin Montil Tucker, 21, of Powder Springs is still awaiting trial on the same charges.
Mondragon-Ruiz and Rodriguez-Colin are charged with trafficking methamphetamine or amphetamine. An arrest warrant and indictment alleges that the two were busted during a Dec. 17, 2012, traffic stop. Authorities allege that more than 400 grams of methamphetamine were found.
In addition to the drug charges, Mondragon-Ruiz is additionally charged with following too closely and Rodriguez-Colin is charged with one count of obstruction of an officer. Mondragon-Ruiz is represented by Mike Money, while Rodriguez-Colin’s defense counsel is Richard Rice.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Brian Fortner is prosecuting the case for the state.