On November 25 at 1:30 p.m., Appling County Superior Court Judge E.M. Wilkes heard arguments on motions filed by the defense and the State in the case of Jonathan Kyle Courson vs. the State of Georgia.
The State came before the court with two pending motions, one for the clarity of written documents made by the defense and one to exclude certain trial statements that were made by the defense.
The defense made a motion for a demurrer of indictment and change in venue. The defense believes that there has been a breach in the Grand Jury and cited that this would lead to an unfair trial for Courson. The defense also made a motion for DNA testing regarding a substance that was found by a private investigator over a door hinge inside the Coursons home. Judge Wilkes is expected to rule on these motions in the coming weeks.
The actual trial is projected to start Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
Courson was indicted on eight separate counts by an Appling County Grand Jury on January 18, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, making a false statement, tampering with evidence, reckless conduct, insurance fraud and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.
These indictments stem from an incident that took place at Courson’s and his wife’s (Mandy) home located on Corey Street in Oak Ridge Subdivision on January 4, which resulted in the murder of Mandy Courson.