A woman accused of trying to run over two Cobb County Sheriff’s Office deputies May 31 has been indicted on 13 charges and could face more than 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Candida Rychell Summerlin, 32, is accused of intentionally running into two deputies in the parking lot of the county jail. She remains in the jail without bond.
She originally faced 27 separate charges related to the incident, but the grand jury handed down an indictment Thursday that accuses her of 13.
According to the indictment, Summerlin is charged with two counts each of malice murder and felony murder, hit-and-run, first-degree criminal damage to property and aggravated assault on a police officer.
She is also accused of aggravated battery, fleeing from police and interference with government property.
The murder charges relate to Summerlin allegedly hitting Cobb County Sheriff Office Sgt. Ronnie Kite and Lt. Rebekah Westenberger with her car, breaking the female deputy’s right leg.
Cobb’s Chief District Attorney Don Geary said Summerlin faces more than 100 years behind bars if found guilty on these charges.
William Boddie, an attorney with offices in Atlanta and Douglasville, said he was appointed by the court to handle Summerlin’s case.
He said he has talked to his client about the case.
“As far as her disposition, these can be traumatizing charges against anybody,” he said Thursday. “She’s very concerned about her case and how it is going to turn out.”
He had not yet informed Summerlin of the indictment when reached Thursday.
Background on incident
Chief Deputy Milton Beck with the Sheriff’s Office said Westenberger was hit by Summerlin when she went out to the parking lot of the jail, which is located off County Services Road in Marietta, in response to complaints of loud music coming from a car.
“(Summerlin’s) car was in an area that is restricted,” Beck previously said. “Westenberger was trying to figure out if she could help her.”
The arrest warrant states that Westenberger asked Summerlin to park in the public parking lot across the street, but when the suspect backed up her car, she positioned it in a way that was aimed at the deputy.
“(Summerlin) revved up her engine repeatedly in a threatening manner, then rapidly accelerated and purposely ran the car into Lt. Westenberger causing multiple injuries,” the warrant states.
Summerlin then attempted to drive her car out of the parking lot and when Kite tried to flag her down, she then hit him and damaged the curb outside the jail and ran over a street sign while trying to leave the scene.
Both deputies were taken by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Summerlin suffered only minor injuries.
Beck said Westenberger needed surgery to repair a broken right leg and was released a week later. The chief deputy isn’t sure when she will return to work but Kite, who was treated and released the same day of the incident, is back on duty.
Beck said they still aren’t sure why Summerlin was at the jail that day, but that she had been released just a few days earlier on unrelated charges.
Jail records show that Summerlin was arrested May 25 on simply battery and obstruction charges.