Fenner Case- Medical issues for David Teddy delay Covington trial, Bartley Case called for September

The months pass quickly again this year as the journey for justice is longer and longer. Today’s hearing in front of Judge Marvin Caldwell was postponed because this Judge refused/declined to hear the motions according Rccatalyst.com. In another report, Rccatalyst.com shares the update that on July 28th at 9:30AM in the Buncombe County Superior Court- Judge Marvin Pope will hear pre-trial motions which include these possibilities:

-Motion for Continuance
-Motion for Fenner to produce recordings
-Motion for Change of Venue by Teddy

In a related matter, Judge Gavenus as the originator of the gag order set in place after the mistrial on June 6th in the State versus Brooke Covington trial – has agreed to review the pending motion to lift the order filed by the Associated Press and the Charlotte Observer. He will also review the motion filed by the State to partially lift the gag order so the investigation into the introduction of unauthorized documents into the jury room by the jury foreman can proceed. Judge Gavenus is asking for the supporting documents to be submitted on or before August 1st.

The court calendar lists the State versus Adam Bartley for September 11th. Bartley is one of the Famous Five defendants who all were members of the Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF) on January 27, 2013, the date Matthew Fenner alleges he was assaulted and held against his will in a deliverance session in the WOFF sanctuary. The other four include: Brooke Covington, Justin Covington, Sarah Anderson, and Robert Louis Walker, Jr. Since the incident date, Bartley and Sarah Anderson have left WOFF.

In an email from ADA Garland Byers to Bartley’s defense attorney Robert Denton, Byers says the “…it now appears unlikely the State will be able to call Brooke Covington’s case for trial due to Mr. Teddy’s medical situation.” The medical situation is not explained, but has now prompted Byers to alert Denton that Adam Bartley’s case will be called in September. Denton asks for a continuance and Byers explains his reasoning for not agreeing but allowing the court to decide if a continuance in Bartley’s case is warranted.

So, what do we know for sure? The journey for justice is long and has many curves, hills and valleys. We have no idea where it leads or how long it will take to arrive. We have learned to expect the unexpected. What may happen before July 28th? We shall see.

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