Trial Delayed for One of Three Charged with Murder in Cherokee County (Alabama) in 2020

The trial for one of the three that stand accused in the May 2020 killing of half-sisters Vanita Nicole Richardson and Truvenia Campbell – originally planned for March, has been delayed until September.

According to the Rome News-Tribune, the trial for Christopher Leedarius Pullen was pushed back until later this year, according to the Cherokee County, Alabama, Court Clerk’s Office.

Christopher Leedarius Pullen, Devin Lashawn Watts and Desmond Lavonta Brown  are all charged with murder, among other charges, in the incident. They are all being tried separately; a tentative trial date for Watts is May 22nd, and for Brown is August  21st.

Brown and Watts face capital murder charges and potentially face the death penalty; Pullen is charged with felony murder, which could carry a life sentence.

The three men were originally charged in Floyd County, Georgia because the sisters’ bodies were found in Rome – however – after cell phone records, and other evidence, determined that the murders took place in Cherokee County, Alabama – the case was transferred and will be tried in that jurisdiction.

According to information that was presented in a December of 2020 hearing in Floyd County Superior Court:  The men took the sisters – which they believed stole Brown’s wallet during a birthday party for a ride in Richardson’s 1997 Toyota Corolla. During an attempt to search the women, police say Brown shot them both.

The wallet was later found in Brown’s home behind a television set.

The three men reportedly then drove around with the sisters’ bodies in the trunk before dumping them off a bridge at the East Rome Bypass near Grizzard Park.

The bodies — with bags over the victims’ heads — were discovered the next morning on May 13, 2020, by Georgia Department of Transportation crews preparing to do a bridge inspection.

(Rome News Tribune/WRGA Rome)


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