A McDuffie County grand jury this week indicted John Allen Ansley in connection with the shooting death of his wife.
Ansley was arrested and charged in August 2020 in the shooting death of his wife, Michelle Ansley.
He was indicted by the grand jury on three counts — involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
“He was charged with involuntary manslaughter, which is a felony offense, and it is the unintentional killing of a person during the course of an unlawful act,” said Bill Doupe, Toombs Judicial Circuit district attorney.
Doupe pointed out that an individual charged, in this case and in all others, is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
According to what police said while investigating the shooting, Ansley and his wife were unloading weapons when a rifle discharged and fatally wounded her in the bedroom of the couple’s home. She was taken by ambulance to an Augusta hospital, where she died.
The count of involuntary manslaughter states that John Ansley “while in the commission of reckless conduct, an unlawful act, did unlawfully cause the death of Michelle Ansley, a human being, without any intention to do so, by endangering the bodily safety of Michelle Ansley by consciously disregarding a substantial and unjustifiable risk that his act and ommission of pointing loaded firearm in the direction of Michelle Ansley with his hands around the firing mechanism of said firearm would endanger the safety of said person and the disregard constituted a gross deviation from the standard of care which a reasonable person would exercise in the situation.”
The possession of a firearm during commission of a felony charge is linked to his having the gun during the commission of the crime of involuntary manslaughter.
The grand jury, in a separate presentment, also indicted three men charged with home invasion and related assault of a Thomson woman in December 2019.
Jaquaye Person, Sean Gray and Rashad Malik Sturgis were all indicted on one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony, one count of aggravated assault, one count of burglary in the first degree, and one count of home invasion. All charges are connected to a home invasion on Manassas Drive and the assault on Jonette Bell.
The count of criminal attempt to commit a felony alleged that the trip “did unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally attempt to commit the crime of murder” when they used a sharp-edged object to cut the throat of Bell. Bell has passed away, but Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Bill Doupe said he felt like prosecutors had enough evidence to move forward with the case and take it to trial.
In a separate home invasion case, the grand jury indicted Quinterious Bailey on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of home invasion, and two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, in connection with a december 2019 incident. The indictment alleges Bailey assaulted two men, Larry Mance, Jr., and Demetrious Woodard, with a firearm.
In another presentment, the grand jury indicted Zachary Austin McTaggart on one count of computer pornography. The indictment alleges McTaggart used Facebook as a means to try to seduce a female under the age of 16 and exchanged lewd photos with the child. Dupe said the charges arose out of an investigation of adult and a juvenile and solicitation of images. He clarified that the incident was not a case of an online individual targeting random children in McDuffie County.
The grand jury also indicted Cynthia McGee on one count of arson in the first degree and alleged she, on Sept. 3, 2020, set fire the house of Ricky Edward Myers on Lynda Lane.
Derreuna Montavious Smith, in a separate case, was indicted on one count of criminal attempted to commit a felony, one count of aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of firearm during commission of a felony. The indictment alleges Smith used a firearm by pointing it at a woman and demanding money during a May 2020 robbery.
The grand jury indicted Wjunio Lionel Pugh on one count of trafficking in cocaine and one count of possession of drug related objects. The presentment stated Pugh had “more than 28 grams of a mixture with a purity of greater than 10 percent cocaine.” The possession of drug related object is in connection to a digital scale Pugh possessed.
Other individuals indicted earlier this week included:
• Burt Thomas Baker — one count of criminal damage to property 2nd degree;
•Cornelius Timothy Buntley and Tyrell Antwon Rhodes — one count of trafficking methamphetamine or amphetamine and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute;
•Kiante Quontrelle Mance — one count of fleeing attempting to elude police officer and one count of driving without headlights;
•Curby Smith — one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of firearm during commission of a felony;
•Jervin Daniel Taylor — two separate counts of obstruction of emergency medical personnel
•Christopher Lewis Tucker — one count of terroristic threats;
•Hunter Michael Crawford — one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, one count of driving while license suspended, and one count of speeding;
•Thaddus Tip Frails — one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, one count of driving while license suspended, and one count of DUI;
•Wesley Fountain — one count of habitual violator, two counts of DUI, one count of driving while license suspended, one count of failure to maintain lane, and one count of open container:
•Latawrence Hobbs — one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, one count of driving while license revoked, and one count of speeding; •William Cody Luke — one count of burglary 1st degree;
•Richard McClain — one count of manufacture of marijuana and a separate indictment for one count of possession of firearm by convicted felon.
•Brandon Troy Hall — two counts of burglary 2nd degree, one count of giving false information to law enforcement officer, and one count of driving while license suspended;
•Shawn Terrell Sturgis — one count of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adult, elder person or resident, and two counts of theft by taking;
•Malcolm Daniels II — one count of criminal damage to property 2nd degree, and one count of battery;
•Dontavious Q. Mew —two counts of child molestation;
•Randall Eugene Smallwood — one count of possession of controlled substance, one count of possession of firearm during commission of a felony, one count of DUI, one count of DUI/less safe/drugs, and one count of failure to maintain lane. In a separate presentment, he was indicted on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
•Alisha Kianna Pompey — one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, one count of speeding, and one count of reckless driving;
•Gy’Kease Stephens — one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officer, one count of reckless driving, one count of racing on highways or streets, one count of DUI, and one count of speeding;
•Tyraill Ritley — one count of terroristic threats.
Doupe said his office continues to investigate cases all the way up until a jury gets the case for a verdict.
“So if anybody has any information about any of these cases that were indicted, or maybe even some that are unsolved, we really encourage people to come forward,” said Doupe. “They can contact my office, contact me, and I will put them in touch with the right investigator.”
Information on investigations can be provided by calling 706-595-7175 or by emailing email@example.com.