After months of being shuffled around the docket, the trio accused of pilfering thousands of dollars from an elderly man they befriended has a trial date. Greta Cooper, Bonnie Cooper and Tamara Harness are set to face a jury on Feb. 24, 2010. This move came on Monday when the case was called for a status check during criminal court.
“This case just needs to be set,” said Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley. In September, attorneys in the case agreed to attempt to find resolution without going to trial. “There is extensive paperwork in this case,” Judge Shayne Sexton asked Ripley. Ripley agreed that the case was built on paperwork adding that substantial motions had already been filed in the case as well. When a March 2010 trial date was suggested, the judge put everyone on notice. “If it gets set that far off, it is going to be tried,” Sexton said. “You will be summarily shot down (if asking for a continuance).” The discovery of February trial date brought the same response from Sexton. “I am still not going to continue it,” he said. The trio’s actions surfaced when the LaFollette Police opened an investigation earlier this year. This happened after the victim’s daughter was contacted by a bank where she and her father shared an account. The bank wanted to inform the daughter that “suspicious activity” had taken place in the shared account,” Det. Jason Henegar said following the unsealing of the indictment. Greta Cooper has the lion’s share of the 72 charges. She is facing 30 counts of forgery, 19 counts of theft over $500, 17 counts of theft over $1,000, one count of theft under $500 and one count of theft over $60,000. Bonnie Cooper is facing three counts of forgery and two counts of theft over $1,000. Harness faces a sole count of theft over $10,000.
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