Court enters not guilty plea for Conyers man in kidnapping

CONYERS -- A trial will be set for a Conyers man accused of kidnapping his wife in November.

Demonty Lamar Fair, 27, of 1178 Dogwood Drive, said in court last week during his arraignment hearing that he would not enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or nolo because he did not understand his arraignment.

Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Robert F. Mumford said the court then would enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Fair's attorney, Thomas Owen Humphries, told the judge that Fair has a problem with the fact that his attorney also works for the state office and also represents him; he also said he has a non-caring attitude.

Fair has been charged with kidnapping, terroristic threats, family violence simple battery and reckless conduct for an incident in November.

He allegedly held his wife against her will and threatened physical contact and murder. During the incident, their infant child was left at home unattended, according to attorneys at the hearing.

Mumford said a trial will be set for him a later date. Fair attempted to talk and ask questions as he was taken back to his seat following the formal hearing and mumbled that his rights were being violated since he was not allowed to speak further.

In other court news, 36-year-old Misty Lynn Chastain was sentenced to 20 years with five years to serve after she pleaded guilty to six counts of forgery in the first degree and identity fraud during her arraignment hearing last week.

She was arrested in June after warrants were issued for her in February 2012.

The mother of two wrote bad checks to area businesses and grocery stores for more than $3,000. She forged checks, wrote checks on a closed account and also admitted to cashing checks and buying merchandise to trade for drugs, according to attorneys.

One of her victims spoke in court, saying the incident hurt her business. Chastain said in court that she knows she did wrong and hopes to get help for her addiction.

Mumford sentenced her to 20 years to serve five years, although she could have been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison. She also will have to pay $2,000 in fines and more than $3,000 in restitution, based on the state's recommendation.

"You've got a lot of probation after you get out of prison," Mumford told her. "I don't think you'll be writing anymore bad checks in Rockdale County."