THOMASVILLE — There have been some developments with legal proceedings regarding Grady County farmers Martin “Marty” L. Harrell, his father Charles Ladon “Don” Harrell and Cairo businessman W. Dexter Harrison.

Marty Harrell and W. Dexter Harrison, both charged in “United States v. W. Dexter Harrison, Martin L. Harrell and Charles L. Harrell” trial, were to be sentenced on May 25 in Valdosta, but that hearing has been rescheduled to June 1 in Macon.

Charges stemmed from an arson at the Ramada Limited motel in Donalsonville that occurred Jan. 7, 2002.

Marty Harrell was found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson and mail fraud, arson, witness tampering and misleading statements. Harrison was found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson and mail fraud, mail fraud, arson and misleading statements.

Harrison faces a possible total of 75 years imprisonment. Marty Harrell faces a possible total of 65 years imprisonment.

Don Harrell was found not guilty of witness tampering in that case.

Another development was a detention hearing/initial appearance on Tuesday for Kearsley Doughty (Don Harrell’s fiancée) and John Dollar in Albany before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Hodge.

A representative at the U.S. Attorneys Office said Tuesday that this appearance would give the two parties a chance to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Doughty was indicted for misleading statements. Dollar was indicted for witness tampering. Specifics on the charges were not known at press time.

.he Harrells are still on track for a second trial.

The U.S. Attorneys Office representative said that their trial, originally scheduled to begin April 17 at the Federal Building in Thomasville, is still set for its rescheduled date of May 15 in Macon.

Marty and Don Harrell face trial on these counts of the grand jury indictment: Hobbs Act Conspiracy, Hobbs Act Violation, interstate travel in aid of racketeering (Marty) and a Hobbs Act Violation (Marty).

Three of these counts stem from a 2000 cattle dispute with William Chandler and the other from a dispute about a lease of commercial crop land in Grady County.

U.S. District Court Judge Hugh Lawson will preside over the case. He was also the judge in the Thomasville trial.

Both Harrells are in custody.

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