Solicitor Chrissy Adams has announced that an Anderson County jury took less than an hour to reach a verdict of Guilty in the case of the State vs. Johnny Ray Gambrell for the murder of Lois Gambrell in July of 2004. Bone fragments identified as the remains of Ms. Gambrell were found in the ashes of a fire behind the home the two had shared. The Honorable J. C. “Buddy” 
Nicholson sentenced Gambrell to life in prison. 

The State’s case was supported by expert testimony from forensic anthropologist Dr. Ted Rathbun who had done testing of the evidence in the case, which included small bone fragments identified as that of a daughter of Frances King, Lois Gambrell’s mother. 

An Anderson County an eight man four woman jury deliberated a little over 2 hours before finding Angela Vaughn guilty of Murder in the October 24, 2003 shooting death of Ronald Grant. Ms. Vaughn and Mr. Grant shared a home together. Mr. Grant was shot once in the chest while sitting on the couch and died at the scene.

The Honorable Judge Alexander S. Macaulay sentenced Ms. Vaughn to 30 years for Murder and 5 years for the Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime.

Lead Prosecutor - Catherine Huey
Defense Counsel - Robert Gamble

The Anderson Independent article on Solicitor Chrissy Adams 1st year

Sammy Kay Cowan was convicted today in Anderson General Sessions Court for the murder of Frederick Penn on February 6, 2005 at Club Envy in Anderson County. 

Witnesses placed Cowan at Club Envy on February 6th armed with a gun when the victim and another patron of the club were arguing outside. Cowan shot Mr. Penn (who was unarmed) 5 times resulting in Mr. Penn’s death at the scene. Cowan was later apprehended in Hartwell, Georgia. 

Judge Lee S. Alford sentenced Mr. Cowans to life without parole for the murder.