Trial ends today for rape suspect
by Wes Mayer
A Newnan man charged with criminal attempt to commit rape, animal abuse and obstruction of an officer pleaded not guilty to the crimes and is on trial this week in Coweta County Superior Court.
The defendant, Dallas Edward Smith, is represented by Jerry Pittman. Assistant District Attorney John Herbert Cranford is prosecuting the case. Presiding is Coweta Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon. A jury of seven men and six women were selected by the attorneys on Tuesday, and opening statements began Wednesday.
On the day of his arrest, June 3, Smith was accused of throwing a kitten straight up into the air higher than his home on Wynn Street, and it was injured when it fell to the ground. Later that same day, Smith was recorded over a 911 call having a violent encounter with a woman, prompting officers to respond.
When the first responding deputy, Sgt. Jeff Bugg with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, arrived at the home, Smith was found lying on top of the victim, who was sitting nude in a reclining chair. According to Bugg, after giving commands, Smith turned around and put up his fists in a fighting stance. Because Smith would not comply with commands, Bugg used his electric stun gun and some hand-to-hand combat to subdue Smith.
Smith was later accused by the victim of killing another kitten by squeezing it in his hands.
On Wednesday, the state called three witnesses to the stand - the victim, Bugg, and Inv. Kyle Vaughn with the sheriff's office, who interviewed Smith after his arrest. The defense called Smith to testify and had no further witnesses. Closing arguments are scheduled for today, followed by the deliberation of the jury over the charges against Smith.