The capital murder trial of a man accused of killing a Lee County deputy has been postponed until the fall.
Gregory Lance Henderson, 32, is accused of fatally injuring Deputy James Anderson during a Sept. 24, 2009, traffic stop at Lee Road 240 and Lee Road 234. He was arrested that day and has pleaded not guilty.
Henderson faces charges of capital murder and possession/receipt of a controlled substance. There are only two possible sentences for a capital murder conviction: death or life in prison without the chance for parole.
Attorneys in the case appeared before Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III on Monday for a status conference in the case. Initially scheduled for trial Nov. 15, 2010, and then pushed back to April 18, Phenix City attorney Jeremy Armstrong, who’s representing Henderson, asked Walker for another six months.
“We, of course, are ready to go and we oppose it,” said District Attorney Robbie Treese.
The capital murder trial of Kenneth Jones Jr., 25, was scheduled within weeks of Henderson’s, though the prosecutor said he only foresaw possible logistic issues with having several potential jurors in the courthouse for the two trials. Walker, however, granted Armstrong’s request and scheduled Henderson’s trial for Sept. 26.
Jones is accused of causing the death of his live-in girlfriend’s 14-month-old child in March 2009.
Armstrong also told the judge about several motions he filed on Monday, including attorney funding requests, that he be allowed to deliver oral arguments on his motions, that he be allowed to give court documents to his client and that Henderson have time and space at the Russell County Jail to view the documents at least twice a week.
Walker granted those motions.
Anderson, a three-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, left behind a wife, daughter and son. Henderson, a father of four children, has been in and out of jail and prison since 1998, when he was 19 years old. He has been booked into the Muscogee County Jail at least 16 times in the last 11 years, according to the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office. He has also had traffic citations in Alabama, records show.
A gag order placed on the case by District Court Judge Russell Bush restricts those involved from speaking about its facts.