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Stroud trial reset

Monday, December 14, 2009

The trial for a Clay County woman allegedly involved in missing funds at a local trucking company could have a change of venue

On Monday, Sonya M. Stroud, 40, Brazil, and defense attorney Roscoe Stovall appeared before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers to formally vacate a pending jury trial on initial charges filed in January and accept the filing for new charges in the case.

Stroud is facing a total of seven class C felony charges of forgery and five class D felony theft charges stemming from an investigation by the Brazil City Police Department into approximately $280,000 in missing funds at Brazil Trucking, Inc.

According to paperwork filed in the case, Stroud allegedly exerted "unauthorized control" over more than 100 company checks used to repay expenses incurred by over-the-road truckers without the permission or knowledge of her employer during a 10-year period.

Akers scheduled a "firm trial date" for Feb. 22, advising both the prosecution and the defense the case would take precedence over any other trial on the court's calendar.

Afterward, Stovall notified the court of potentially filing a change of venue due to pre-trial publicity within the area.

During a discussion about procedures in open court, Akers explained, when the proper paperwork was filed, a test jury would be pooled to determine the effects of publicity about the case on potential jurors who reside within Clay County before deciding on the motion.

Stroud was remanded back into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department to await further court proceedings.

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God she looks good in camo.

-- Posted by pepper1 on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 5:03 PM

I know the whole Edwards family & this must be awful!! Sonya always acted like she was better than rain!! She must have fronted herself because of the life she truly led.. Ashamed she was once a friend!!

-- Posted by nascarfans on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 10:04 PM

Maybe she could do Clearasil commercials upon release?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 10:17 PM

I thought comments were supposed to be respectful!

Yes, she has done a very horrible thing, but what does the remark about her looks have to do with the more important information on her crime? A persons facial imperfections have no place in the comment section. Shame on you Lee Thall. What do you see when you look in the mirror?

-- Posted by Say it again girl! on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 11:23 PM

I agree, Say it again girl! She screwed up. Let's kick her when she's down.

And by all means, let's choose a random visual thing about her to make fun of.

Grow up.

-- Posted by CountryandCityMouse on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 12:19 AM

Innocent until proven guilty. No one should make comments about her physical appearance, it has nothing to do with the crime she is accused of and she has not had a trial yet. Some of the comments above are why her lawyer wants a change of venue.

-- Posted by newtoo on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 9:08 AM


-- Posted by therhino on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 9:30 AM

This story just amazes me. What did she do with that much money over the years? Was she living high on the hog or modestly? How could she hide that much money from her family? It's just crazy to me that someone could steal that much money and spend it on What?

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 10:40 AM

Oh tulie, you hurt my feelings. You say I'm quick to point out deficiencies, yet you just did the same, did you not? So tulie, that reflects on YOUR ugliness. And before you point out deficiencies in others, why don't you try using punctuation, capitalization and correct spelling, it would make your ramblings much easier to read. You're pretty deficient yourself in that department you know.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 11:33 AM

It appears to me that,someone should have noticed that she had to be buying things, that would be hard to on regular salary. Thats a lot of money according to what I have read,I would love to hear the rest of the story.

-- Posted by T-REX on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 11:47 AM

Still that camo looks great on her, I want to take her hunting. Gurrrrrrrrrrrr

-- Posted by pepper1 on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 4:07 PM

Careful pepper, tulie will not like it if you continue to make fun of this misunderstood lady's clothes.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 5:06 PM

a THIEF is a THIEF whatever she is wearing. you can see that the money she stole she Didn't spend it on herself. What she spent it on we will never know.

that is if she did it.

after reading Brazil times nad Banner Graphic , it's funny so many females are thiefs.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 8:48 PM

First, taking money that isn't yours is a crime. Second, a persons acne not relevant. Finally, "LEO" when correcting someones grammar, don't begin a sentence with a preposition, it is just a shame when someone makes fun of another and can't even get the put down correct. We all need to reflect upon ourselves before we embarrass ourselves. Happy Holidays!

-- Posted by bellababy on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 11:19 PM

The acts that Sonya allegedly did are something she will have to give an account for. The price of those acts will not only cost her but her husband, kids, parents, siblings, relationships and all the victims of her acts. It is sad.

What we say and how we act we will give an account for also. You do not build yourself up by taking potshots at another person. In fact you tear yourself down even worse. It also is sad.

-- Posted by localgal on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 11:45 PM

sonya was a friend of mine and still is. i am so surprised when i see the uglyness that our town has for a human being that simply made a mistake. she is a person who has flaws as we all do. u should all be banned for being on this comment page and as for brazil times you should have removed these mean comments. . where is your forgiveness in this world. we all have difficult lives and this economy has made it worse , this is when we should all love and stick together and hope we will come out surviving the storm. we can if we all help each other as we should pray and help sonya. sonya is a great person please dont say anything else bad about her.

-- Posted by vquest on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 9:12 AM

vquest I agree with you also to everyone else have you seen in nice mugshots. Get a life your not even commenting on story just looks. That is dumb.

-- Posted by confused33 on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 9:42 AM

She made "a" mistake? Sounds like she made the same mistake over & over. Stealing once is hard enough to forgive (I know we are supposed to) but time after time is harder. I guess because she didn't get caught right away it was easier to do it the next time and the time after etc... I guess it is good that she has a friend to stick by her but most of us struggle to pay our bills and do not steal from others to make it happen or to buy a lot of unnecessary stuff.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 10:06 AM

I think forgiveness will come from paying back (to the best of her ability) every cent that she stole from the company she worked for(I believe that company has since failed?). Forgiveness will come with jail time, effort, and restitution of some kind.

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 11:47 AM

mrs positive you are very mean , you are right but jail time is not the answer, she needs to get help not be locked up away from her child and husband that deeply loves her.and trust me sonya will find a way to repay , i know she deeply regrets what she has done, again i will stand by her as i am also friends with brazil trucking and hope they will forgive her and let her have the chance to repay without further anger .

-- Posted by vquest on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 5:26 PM

dolliedagger you need to take a chill pill and look at the camo that I see Gurrrrrrrr..........

-- Posted by pepper1 on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 8:04 PM


-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 8:11 PM

vquest, it would be nice of you to invite your friend over for Christmas dinner. Maybe even chip in a few bucks so she could repay the money. After all, she's just misunderstood.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Dec 18, 2009, at 12:05 PM

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