Police: Farr Road victim in 'extremely bad shape'

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 17, 2014 

After three weeks spent in a coma at Midtown Medical Center, the 36-year-old victim of what officials have called a "very brutal crime" is awake and fighting for her life, police said during a hearing for one of her accused assailants.

Ketorie Glover faced felony counts of kidnapping, hijacking a motor vehicle, rape, arson, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime Monday. He pled not guilty to all charges and waived his preliminary hearing in Recorder's Court.

Glover also has probation violations for unspecified cases in both Muscogee County State Court and Recorder's Court.

The 23-year-old joins Joey Betrail Garron, 28, and Robert Carl Johnson, 23.

The three suspects are accused of forcing the victim into a vehicle after a spirited rap battle at a Garden Drive address. According to police, the men then drove the woman to a vacant lot at 988 Farr Road, where all three sexually assaulted her, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.

Police report that the men shot the victim at least eight times before leaving her at the lot. She was found, crying for help, at about 7:40 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014.

Garron and Johnson were arrested Thursday. Their cases have been bound over to Superior Court, police said.

In both men's cases, a $500,000 bond was set for five of their nine charges. The sodomy, hijacking, rape and aggravated sexual battery charges were forwarded without bond, according to the Muscogee County Jail.

Garron also faces a selling or manufacturing controlled substances charge, along with no proof of insurance and no state driver's license. Johnson is scheduled for a Tuesday morning Recorder's Court hearing on a simple assault with intent to commit violent injury charge.

Glover was arrested Saturday.

When Judge Michael Cielinski attempted to determine Glover's bond during Monday's hearing, Sgt. Lance Deaton told the court that the victim was still in "extremely bad shape."

"She may never walk again. She may never have the use of her left arm," Deaton said. "She was in a coma for three weeks. They had to remove part of her lower intestines, and she's still receiving 'round the clock care."

Glover's wife and cousin, who both attended the Monday hearing, claim it was impossible for Glover to have been on Farr Road. That night, Ashley Glover said her husband went with her to check on their children.

"He was with me and my family," Glover said. "We had never seen her (the victim), so he couldn't have known her. Either his homeboy knew her, or maybe they were going together, I don't know. But he never went over there."

Ashley Glover said she and her husband, whom she is presently separated from, have five children in their care. Their ages range 8-years-old and under. She describes Glover as a funny person who enjoys rapping.

"He's just a cool person to be around," Glover said. She intends to hire a lawyer for the case. "I'm not about to let anybody hang my husband for something he didn't do."

Cielinski set no bond on Glover's counts of sodomy, hijacking, rape and aggravated sexual battery. His remaining charges were set at $275,000.

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