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Slain child’s MOTHER indicted on four counts of murder

Posted on: November 9, 2009

Slain child’s mother indicted on four counts of murder

By Antrenise Cole
Times Staff Writer

 

Published: Friday, November 6, 2009 at 9:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 6, 2009 at 9:21 p.m.

Shalinda Glass has been indicted by an Etowah County grand jury on several charges for her role in the 2006 death of her 5-year-old son, Geontae Glass.

 

The 28-year-old mother was indicted on two counts of capital murder in March 2007. Now, she also has been indicted on two counts of murder in addition to the two counts of capital murder.

During the recent capital murder trial of Glass’ boyfriend, Kevin André Towles, jurors recommended that he be sentenced to death in the beating death of Geontae. Towles’ sentencing date is set for December.

Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp said after the facts unfolded in the Towles’ case, officials thought Glass should be indicted for a second time, with the charge of murder in the course of aggravated child abuse added.

“I think that the facts and circumstances that surrounded this case after the investigation and the trial of the Towles’ case warranted the jury’s consideration in (the mother’s) case of a felony murder count,” he said. “It became apparent to us that if the jury wanted to seek another charge, felony murder should be available. The grand jury felt the same way and added the count of felony murder to her already indicted capital case.

“We still maintain that this is a capital murder case, and we intend to prosecute as a capital murder case and seek the death penalty.”

Geontae became the focus of a search across much of the state on Dec. 4, 2006, after his mother reported her car was stolen with him asleep in the back seat when she went inside an Albertville convenience store just after 6 a.m. with her 7-year-old daughter.

Investigators later said Geontae already was dead — and buckled in the car’s back seat — and the theft of the car was staged as part of a plan to cover up his death.

The child was found dead in the trunk of his mother’s car at Towles’ home on Shady Grove Road near Boaz in Etowah County.

Glass has been in custody without bond at the Etowah County Detention Center since Dec. 4, 2006.

Harp said her trial tentatively is set for March.

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