Trial set for convicted murderer charged with receiving stolen guns

Published 3:00 am Thursday, April 5, 2018

A Brundidge man once convicted of murder in Dale County will face trial Tuesday on multiple charges including his alleged possession of stolen guns.

Everett Newson appeared during jury selection Wednesday after pleading not guilty to charges of second-degree receiving stolen property, certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm and interfering with a police animal.

The charges stem from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Brundidge Police Department finding multiple stolen guns in the residence of Anajuana Fuller, who prosecutors described as Newson’s girlfriend and father of one of his children. Among the guns were two assault rifles, one of which had a red dot scope.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Newson was not at the residence when deputies found the guns, said Capt. Bob Williamson, but the sheriff’s office got a tip that led them to search for him in the woods near the home on County Road 7758.

“We went to his mother’s house to interview her and his girlfriend,” Williamson said. “About two hours in, we got a tip that he had been there and ran when he saw us pulling in.”

Once the deputies got the tip about Newson’s whereabouts, Williamson said they called in tracking dogs from the Bullock County Department of Corrections to assist.

The dogs caught Newson’s scent at the house, located off County Road 7758, and followed his trail several miles down to Gardner Bassett Road, U.S. Highway 29 and back up County Road 7757 before finding him around 7 p.m. in a wooded area off the road.

According to Williamson, Newson “hit one of the dogs with something” during the incident, leading to the misdemeanor charge of interfering with the police dog.

The trial will be held Tuesday, April 10 in the main courtroom at the Pike County Courthouse.

Newson was one of two men arrested in 2009 for the murder of a man in Dale County. Newson was released from prison in 2014 after serving five years and was placed on probation until 2019.

Sheriff Russell Thomas said that if convicted of these new charges, Newson’s probation will most likely be revoked and new sentences will be added.