Willie Lovett Appeal Set to be Heard in Federal Court

Former SCMPD Police Chief Willie Lovett

Willie Lovett appeal for a new trial will be heard by the end of January.
Lawyers for the former Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief will take their case to an federal appelate court in Jacksonville, Florida on January 26.

Lovett was convicted on illegal gambling and extortion charges in November 2014 and is currently serving 7 and a half years in a West Virginia Federal prison.

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Below is a timeline, outlining the troubles former SCMP Chief Willie Lovett and former Detective Trina Mayes have had with the law, leading up to their trials.

September 2013 – Detective Trina Mayes gives city of Savannah Ante-Litem Notice threatening to sue City, SCMPD and Willie Lovett for sexual harassment. She claims she had an affair with the Chief

September 27, 2013 – Willie Lovett retires from SCMPD

October 2013 – January 2014 – 14 Ante-Litem notices filed from former and current SCMPD officers threatening to sue the city and police for various forms of harassment and alleged illegal activity

October 2013 – Independent investigators MDB International brought in to investigate corruption in SCMPD.

November 2013 – News 3 airs interview with Rocky Sellers, a convicted felon who claims he had a long affair with Trina Mayes back in 2006. Sellers claims Mayes knew he was on probation, bailed him out of jail, and even broke the law when she was with him.

December 2013 – MDBI Investigators interview Rocky Sellers after seeing News 3’s story

January 19, 2014 – Trina Mayes is suspended from SCMPD for lack of truthfulness and associating with a convicted felon

February 3, 2014 – Trina Mayes appeal is denied by the City Manager. She is officially fired from SCMPD

February 2014 – News 3 reveals inmate Anthony Jackson is named in Mayes indictment. Jackson claims he stayed at Mayes home while he was on the run from police

February 26, 2014 – Trina Mayes is indicted by Chatham County Grand Jury on 7 counts of making false statements.

April 2014 – Trina Mayes Pleads Not Guilty

June 5, 2014 – Willie Lovett is indicted on charges of commercial gambling and extortion. Investigators claim he took cash payments to keep officers away from illegal gambling operation in Downtown Savannah. Lovett pleads Not Guilty to all charges

June 12, 2014 – One of Lovett’s Co-Defendants, Randall “Red” Roach pleads guilty to gambling charges. He agrees to testify against the former Chief

August 5, 2014 – Second Lovett Co-Defendant, Kenny Blount, pleads guilty to conspiring to violate Georgia’s gambling laws. He agrees to testify against Lovett.

August 11, 2014 – Federal investigators add two charges of making false statements to Willie Lovett’s indictment.

September 19, 2014 – Randall Roach sentenced to 15 months in Federal prison

September 26, 2014 – Kenny Blount is sentenced to 5 years Federal probation

November 19, 2014 – Federal Trial of Willie Lovett expected to start

November 21, 2014 – Lovett convicted of commercial gambling, extortion and other federal charges.

February 6, 2015 – Lovett sentenced to 90 months (7.5 years) in prison and a $50,000 fine for his part in a federal gambling and extortion case.

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