Averett stands accused of killing Roscoe Desmond Anderson III, then 26, on Nov. 11, 2004. Anderson’s body was found in the road in front of his residence on the 420 block of Marion Avenue in Sylacauga after suffering several gunshot wounds. At the time, witnesses reported hearing several shots and seeing two different vehicles driving off in different directions. Witnesses called police just after midnight the day of the shooting.
The Sylacauga Police Department investigation went on for nearly five years before Averett was charged with murder. He was indicted by a grand jury in August 2009 when Averett was in federal prison in Georgia for a weapons violation.
The case is scheduled to be presided over by Circuit Judge Julian King, but according to Assistant District Attorney Christina Kilgore, King may be trying a civil case next week and transferring the case to Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth.
If convicted of murder with the use of a firearm, Averett faces 20 to 99 years or life in prison.
Also in court this week:
• King accepted a guilty plea from Edd Waynes Lykes, 43, to burglary in the second degree. Lykes was indicted for two counts of burglary in the first degree, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on one. The second count was dismissed, according to Kilgore.
• King accepted a guilty plea from former Talladega College student Douglas Frederick Powell, 24, to harassment. Powell was indicted for making terrorist threats against Talladega College, but pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense. Lykes and Powell are both due to be sentenced in October.
• Hollingsworth sentenced Kenneth Neal McKenzie, 30, to 15 years, split, three years in prison on each of two counts of possession of a controlled substance. McKenzie was indicted on two counts of trafficking, but pleaded guilty to the lesser offense.
• Hollingsworth sentenced Curt Lorenzo Welch, 41, to 15 years, reverse split, three years probation and three years in prison for arson in the second degree.
• Hollingsworth sentenced Leonard Junior Calhoun, 28, to 41 months in prison for burglary in the third degree.
• Hollingsworth sentenced Barbara Isbell, 54, to 24 months, suspended, three years probation for possession of a controlled substance.
• Hollingsworth sentenced Justin Martez Simmons, 23, to 60 months, suspended, three years probation for distribution of a controlled substance.
• Hollingsworth sentenced Daniel Miller, 29, to five years, reverse split, three years probation, 18 months in prison for failure to register as a sex offender.
• Hollingsworth sentenced Herschel Bryan Morgan, 45, to five years, reverse split, three years probation and 18 months to serve for sodomy in the second degree.
• Hollingsworth sentenced Kathy Hansard, 47, to 15 years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
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