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Attorney says state rushed Appling Co. murder case

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Jonathan Courson (Source: Appling Co. Sheriff's Office) Jonathan Courson (Source: Appling Co. Sheriff's Office)
APPLING CO., GA (WTOC) -

A bond hearing for the man accused of murdering his wife in their Appling County home two weeks ago is set for Feb. 1. 

Jonathan Courson's attorney, Deen Strickland, says he believes the state of Georgia rushed the case to a grand jury. By doing so, Deen says the state essentially caused Courson to lose his right to a committal hearing, which was requested by Strickland prior to the grand jury indictment. 

Courson and his attorney hoped to learn about the evidence the state had against him during that hearing. Instead, Courson was indicted on several counts including murdering his wife, Mandy, drugging his 2-year-old daughter and insurance fraud, among other charges. 

Strickland also wants to know if law enforcement officers investigated the case of another armed robbery back on Jan. 7 that appeared to have the same characteristics as the Courson case. 

Strickland says they still want a committal hearing, but believes a judge will forgo the evidentiary process since the grand jury has already delivered a decision.

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