Sentencing Set for Three Vaughn Defendants


Judge William Carpenter has set a sentencing date of September 13 at 9:30am for the three Vaughn defendants – Dwayne Staats, Jarreau Ayres and Royal Downs. Dwayne Staats was the only defendant found guilty of 1st degree murder in the death of Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd. Staats was also found guilty of other charges…

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Judge Working to Set Start Date of 2nd Vaughn Trial


The first of multiple trials for three of the defendants involved in the prison riot at the Vaughn Correctional Institution in February of 2017 ended last week.   Officials in the Attorney General’s office tell WGMD that Judge Carpenter is working with counsel to determine the start date and defendants who will be tried in the…

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