Bond hearing postponed for man charged in bomb threats
by Lindsay Field
lfield@cherokeetribune.com
June 04, 2013 11:52 PM | 862 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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 Wilson made the threat, but his home on Surrey Drive 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.

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 was 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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