Attorney bails on bond hearing for bomb threat case
by Lindsay Field
June 05, 2013 12:50 AM | 2900 views | 7 7 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA – A bond hearing was postponed Tuesday for the Woodstock man accused of threatening to bomb the Cobb and Cherokee county courthouses after his attorney was a no show.

Jody John Wilson, 43, was arrested May 7 after being apprehended at his restaurant on Roswell Street, The Starlight Café, just a few hours after he reportedly called in bomb threats to the Cobb County Courthouse.

He has been charged with two counts each of terroristic threats and acts, preventing or disrupting “lawful” meetings, transmitting a false public alarm, false statements or writings and obstruction. One round of counts is for the May 7 incident and the second round is for a similar incident on Jan. 2.

Wilson was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Cobb County Magistrate Court for a bond hearing, but staff in that office said the Tuesday bond hearing was postponed because his attorney did not show up.

His next court appearance may not happen until an attorney has rescheduled the hearing or Wilson is indicted by the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.

The D.A.’s office still did not know of any attorney who was representing Wilson as of Tuesday.

The circuit’s public defender office, which appoints attorneys for suspects who cannot afford one, said their information still shows that Wilson is hiring private counsel.

Cobb authorities have yet to say why they think Wilson made the threat, but his home in Woodstock has been advertised for foreclosure 10 times since 2010, according to records.

When and if Wilson is released from Cobb, he will be taken to the Cherokee County Jail to face more charges there.

He reportedly made a similar bomb threat to the Cherokee County Justice Center in Canton that same day, even though Wilson’s home was not scheduled to be auctioned for sale at the courthouse that day.

It was on tap to be sold June 6, 2012, when another bomb threat was made to Cobb 911 from a Chevron gas station at 1501 Roswell Road.

Background on threat

The bomb threat call was made around 10:55 a.m. to Cobb County 911 on May 7.

Investigators were able to determine that the call originated from a pay phone at the Citgo gas station on Roswell Street.

Wilson’s cafe is less than a mile down the street from the Citgo, where Wilson or his car were apparently spotted on video surveillance at the time the call was placed.

“An alert went out to law enforcement on the description on the vehicle, and with the help of other local law enforcement agencies, especially the Marietta Police Department, we located this vehicle and Mr. Wilson on the Square inside the Starlight Cafe,” Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren previously said.

As a precaution, deputies and a K-9 bomb detection dog searched the area surrounding the courthouse complex the day the threat was called in, but no explosives were found.

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anonymous
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June 13, 2013
I've known this guy for awhile; me and my dad eat at his restaurant all the time. There's no way this is true.
Bayes' Theorem
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June 06, 2013
Bayes' Theorem is hard at work again. It's so easy. Why don't people understand it or heck even know what it is?
911 is a joke
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June 06, 2013
Like Flavor Flave says, 911 is a joke.

Have you ever been called by "Microsoft" to tell you to download patches from the internet because they determined your computer was out of date?

Your caller ID says "Microsoft," but the caller is a scammer tricking you into installing their own malicious computer program. The caller faked out your caller ID. It's very simple to fake caller ID. Perhaps someone making bomb threat calls knowing full well everything is under surveillance these days might just fake the caller ID to some pay phone. You think?

If all the sherrif has is the 911 center's caller ID and a video of "man or his car" with a home "in foreclosure" (which describes about one in twenty lien holders here in "We foreclose faster than anyone" Georgia) being near a phone having the phone number that was somehow made to show on caller ID at 911 (perhaps legitimately, perhaps not), this case will instantly fall to pieces in court and the sheriff SHOULD be chased out of town but unfortunately the locals will say "we just KNOW you had the right guy, we just can't believe they let him go. What was WRONG with that jury."

Perhaps the sheriff got lazy dealing with "Illegals" since nobody cares about Illegals(many on this blog routinely assert that "Illegals" are sub-human) and people even encourage the sheriff's laziness with regard to Illegals: "Just deport them."

Through public will here in Cobb County, Georgia, we have trained our sheriff's department to be lazy.

Has that come back and bit this white dude in the behind? If so, are you next?

Of course, perhaps the sheriff has more than is being reported. The reporting here may be incomplete or the information given to reporters by the sheriff's department may be incomplete. We'll see. Let's just hope there is at least one statistician involved somewhere in the process.
That's all they got?
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June 05, 2013
Still? All they got is that the man OR his car was at the gas station when the call was made?

I hope for the Sheriff's Deparment sake they got more than a serious misunderstanding of statistics.

If he had already been under suspicion, his alleged presence at the public scene of ONE of the multiple bomb threat calls would mean a lot more.

Not having been under suspicion, though, his alleged presence at ONE of multiple bomb threat calls while having a home in foreclosure is nothing but a mere statistical fact, statistically bound to happen to at least one person.

It's like the lottery. However big the jackpot gets, SOMEBODY eventually wins the lottery. The chances are 100% somebody will win sooner or later, given enough lottery drawings. Given enough bomb threat calls, sooner or later somebody with a home in foreclosure will "draw the lucky ticket" and be videoed nearby and the sheriff will say "THAT's our man! He was in the area when the phone call was made, never mind that he is ALWAYS in the area and his presence may not be unusual in any way or manner."

Given enough bomb threat calls, and given the high rate of foreclosure around here, it's statistical fact that there will be innocent people with homes in foreclosure at or near sites of bomb threat calls.

The sheriff seriously needs to bring in a statistician (not a psychic) to run this case through some numbers and perhaps release this man if all the sheriff has, as reported here, is that "his car was seen in the area of one of many phone calls, BUT NOT IN THE AREA OF ANY OF THE OTHER CALLS, and without previous suspicion despite this day and age of surveillance of absolutely everything."

Did he do it? No idea. At this point with his life ruined, I pretty well hope he did.

All I know is that the facts being reported do not remotely convince me of anything except that he was at the closest mini mart by where he works one day. Perhaps he is there every day. Maybe 2 or 3 times per day. Who knows. If the sheriff knows, he ain't saying. Why not?
stoopid
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June 05, 2013
to "that's all they got?" -are you really that stooopid...?
eCobb Dad of 3
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June 05, 2013
Ever hear of a tape recording??? All 911 calls are recorded. I'm fairly certain that has not been released to the media. There is likely more than what has been documented in the article.
am i stoopid?
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June 06, 2013
Look up the "Monte Hall problem" and see if you not only agree that you should switch doors, but see if can comprehend why you should switch doors when Monte asks if you would like to switch doors. Then come ask me again how stupid I am.

I am speaking probability science, and the Sheriff is (apparently, according to reports) speaking "we got our man because we are just SURE it's him, Jesus told me in a dream that I was right"
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