2015-07-29 / Front Page

Suspects plead “not guilty” in Ashley Lovett case

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Two family members charged in connection with the disappearance and death of Ashley Lovett, 27, of Millen have pled “not guilty” to the charges against them.

Ashley’s step-mother, Susan Eleanor Coleman Lovett, 40, and her half-brother, Christopher Eugene Lovett, 22, each entered “not guilty” pleas in Jenkins County Superior Court on July 17th. Each are charged with two counts of Concealing the Death of Another and three counts of Making False Statements/ Writing/Concealment of Facts. Susan Lovett is also charged with Financial Transaction Card Fraud.

Ashley Lovett, who was mentally challenged, disappeared in October, 2014, but was not officially reported missing until earlier this year. Skeletal remains were discovered in April in a shallow grave on the grounds of a Williams Road residence in Jenkins County where Ashley had lived with her father, stepmother and half-brother. Evidence at the scene indicated the body had been burned.

The suspects could face additional charges, once the skeletal remains have been positively identified and the cause of death determined, said Jenkins County Sheriff Robert Oglesby. The remains were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab and then to the Texas University Crime Lab for further testing.

The investigation remains ongoing by the Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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