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Grand Jury Indictments: Husband indicted for killing wife

  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Mar. 29, 2018 - 7:08 AM

Grand Jury Indictments: Husband indicted for killing wife


Toan Van Pham (left), Dieu Thi Pham

(Editor’s Note: Charges filed against the defendants are subject to change or be dismissed by the State. The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)

A Coweta County Grand Jury has indicted a man accused of murdering his wife in their home off Coggin Farm Lane.

Toan Van Pham, 40, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of cruelty to children - 3rd degree, according to the indictment.

Toan Pham reportedly asphyxiated his wife Dieu Thi Pham by, “using his hands and a pillow,” sometime during the overnight hours between Dec. 21 - 22, 2017.

He allegedly committed the crime within earshot of two children, who were also inside the home, according to the indictment.

Toan Pham reportedly then tried to kill himself, according to investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.  

In a call made to Coweta 911 the morning of Dec. 22, the caller stated Dieu was dead in her bedroom and Toan appeared to be dying on the floor of the adjacent bathroom, according to Capt. John Kennedy with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

“The child advised 911 he believed his father had killed the mother,” Kennedy said.

Toan was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for treatment before being arrested and charged in his wife’s murder. 

Malice murder

The man accused of shooting a rival gang member during a heated dice game was also indicted by the Coweta County Grand Jury.

Michael Javon Williams, 26, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Williams allegedly shot Tomas Maurice Gooden in the head on Dec. 9, 2017, while both were gathered at a home at 125 Covey Trail, the indictment stated.

The suspect reportedly shot at a second man inside the home, but missed him, according to the indictment.

Williams and Gooden reportedly exchanged words during the dice game that escalated into the shooting, according to Chief Deputy James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams is a suspected member of the Gangster Disciples criminal street gang; Gooden was allegedly a member of the Bloods, Yarbrough said in an earlier interview with The Newnan Times-Herald.

Kidnapping & Armed Robbery

Three men accused of ambushing Verizon Wireless employees as they locked up the store off the Newnan Crossing Bypass were also indicted.

QyDerricko Amigo Holmes, 19, of Atlanta, Deonte Denard Williams, 19, of Palmetto and Perry Dashawn Glynn, 18, of Atlanta were each charged with four counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, according to the indictment.

The men allegedly forced three Verizon Wireless employees at gunpoint to hand over their personal cell phones and told them to unlock the store on Nov. 2, 2017.

The three suspects reportedly loaded numerous cell phones into empty garbage bags, jumped inside a car occupied by a fourth person and fled up Interstate 85, the police report stated.

The group led Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies on a brief chase before three out of the four suspects were captured.

Holmes, Williams and Glynn reportedly used stolen guns during the robbery, the indictment stated.

Possession of Meth

A husband and wife and two “acquaintances” were indicted for their roles in a drug bust in November of 2017 inside the Create Sew Grow and Ethical Hacking businesses located at 15 ½ Greenville Street.

Charlotte Dubose Lunsford, 42, William “Scott” Lunsford, 47, David Richard Bunn, 27, and Jeffery Adam Shumake, 28, were each indicted on one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of heroin.

According to the document, Charlotte Lunsford was indicted, although the charges against her were initially dropped by Judge Robert Stokely during her first appearance hearing.

The drug charges against Shumake were also originally dropped.

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit initially went to Create Sew Grow to arrest Shumake when officers outside the business noticed Bunn trying to escape out a window in another room, the police report read.

Investigators searched the room, which was used as an office, and seized a total of 4 grams of suspected heroin and methamphetamine, officials stated.

Investigators said it appeared Scott Lunsford, Shumake and Bunn were living inside the Create Sew Grow and Ethical Hacking business space.

Scott Lunsford is the proprietor of Ethical Hacking; his wife, Charlotte Lunsford, reportedly runs Create Sew Grow, according to the CCSO arrest documents.

Scott Lunsford was out on probation at the time of his arrest.

He admitted to violating his probation in January of 2017 and was allowed to enter the Coweta County Work Release program for 12-24 months instead of going back to jail.

The Lunsfords’ waived their arraignment hearing on Tuesday. Both Scott and Charlotte Lunsford pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Exploitation of an Elderly Person

Elizabeth Anne Campbell, 45, was indicted for exploitation and intimidation of a disabled adult, elder person or resident, identity fraud and financial transaction card theft.

Campbell was accused of taking the debit card and driver’s license from an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s, the document stated.

Campbell reportedly impersonated the victim and went to a local bank. She then attempted to change the elderly woman’s PIN on her debit card.   

Aggravated Assault

The Coweta County Grand Jury indicted Scotty Elliott Smith for aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggressive driving and hit and run after he allegedly hit a Coweta County Sheriff’s patrol car.

According to the police report, Sgt. Andrew England was on Hospital Road in December of 2017 when Smith intentionally turned his vehicle into the side of the patrol car.  

The indictment said Smith drove, “in a manner so as to endanger human life” and, “with the intent to intimidate and injure Sgt. Andrew England.”

Smith then reportedly failed to immediately stop and render aid at the accident scene.  

Smith was also indicted on charges of interference with government property, first degree criminal damage to property and second degree criminal damage to property.

The cost to fix the patrol car exceeded $500, according to the indictment.

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More indictments handed down by the Grand Jury in March, according to the Coweta County Clerk of State Court Office include:

Jeffrey Anderson Arthur: Theft by receiving stolen property.

Travis Rayshawn Baitey: Entering automobile with intent to commit theft.

Michael Anthony Bradley: Aggravated assault (2 counts), possession of a firearm during a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.

James Allen Brown: Forgery - third degree.

Dennis Lamar Bussie: Burglary - first degree and theft by taking.

DeQuarious Lennell Caldwell: Terroristic threats and acts (2 counts), simple battery and obstruction.

Timothy Dwight Cason: Sexual exploitation of children (10 counts).

Karen Denise Coppolino: Criminal damage to property  - second degree.

Derrick Renard David: Entering automobile with intent to commit theft.

Brandon Michael Doucette: Aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

Justin Wesley Entrekin: Possession of prohibited items by an inmate - tobacco.

Sheena Elizabeth Fisse: Forgery - third degree and identity fraud.

Roy Lee Gates: Burglary - second degree (2 counts).

Eric Wydell Gibbs: Possession of firearm by convicted felon.

Jessica Renee Gill: Unlawful acts of violence in penal institution.

Eddie Eugene Gilmer: Failure to register as a sex offender.

Sydney Danielle Howard: Possession of methamphetamine.

Antonio Rodriques Jones: Failure to register as a sex offender.

Haley Bray McBride: Theft by conversion

Dasmon Jameel McGhee: Possession of Oxycodone and possession of marijuana.

Cathy Rene Middleton: Possession of Dilaudid, possession of Clonazepam, drugs not in original container, possession of marijuana and driving while license is suspended.

Corine Thomas Morgan: Deposit account fraud

Dylan Paul O’Neal: Possession of methamphetamine.

Joseph Wilson Petrosky: Aggravated battery (2 counts), aggravated assault and battery.

Jody Lamar Ponders: Forgery - third degree and identity fraud.

Enrique Carabajal Rodriquez: Possession of marijuana - more than one ounce and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Larry Jonathan Russell: Possession of methamphetamine and driving while license is suspended.

Bailey Brooks Shelnutt: Possession of marijuana - more than one ounce.

Brandon Scott Sidwell: Possession of methamphetamine.

Keeshawn Deemetrus Smith: Possession of Hydrocodone, possession of Alprazolam, possession of marijuana and defective equipment.

Matthew Scott Swartzlander: Aggravated battery.

Jackie DeWayne Taunton: Possession of methamphetamine.

Hakeem Ramon Tuck: Possession of a firearm by first offender probationer, forgery - second degree, obstruction of officers and influencing witness (2 counts).

William Francis Urspruch III: Trafficking in cocaine, possession of Psilocybin, possession of firearm and DUI (less safe - drugs).

Ariana Chamaine Weaver: Driving while license suspended, no proof of insurance and no tag.

Devin Lane Wessinger: Theft by receiving stolen property.  

Charles Mandrez Williams: Entering automobile with intent to commit theft.

Joey Allen White III: Possession of Alprazolam, possession of marijuana - less than one ounce, driving while license suspended and no proof of insurance.

Omar Maen Yassine: Burglary - first degree and possession of methamphetamine.