Brandon Bonton’s trial was continued this morning at Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston, and reset for March 20, 2017. The motion was made by Assistant Attorney General Clifford Strider, III, who was standing in for AAG Mike Ruddick.
Bonton is charged with accessory to 2nd degree murder, accessory to burglary, possession of stolen things, theft of a firearm, and possession of controlled dangerous substances. Retired Grambling State University Professor Sue Hashway was found dead in her Paynter Drive home in Ruston in June, 2012, which had also been burgled.
No reason was given for the delay, but the presence in court of two other alleged actors in the crime spree indicate that some type of maneuvering for tactical courtroom advantage is ongoing.
In court also for trial were two individuals – Markeva Daye and Robert Demps – who testified against Cameron Mays in his April, 2016 trial for aggravated kidnapping and rape. That crime was committed earlier in the same week that Hashway’s death occurred, and took place on Robert Street, west of Louisiana Tech University.
Those two trials were also reset to the March date. They are charged with unauthorized use of a debit card, and possession of stolen things.
Daye and Demps, LPNO readers will recall, had arrest warrants issued against them when they failed to show for a February, 2016 hearing.
Standing in for all the defendant’s attorneys was public defender James Buckley.
Presiding was Division B Judge Tommy Rogers.