According to one mother whose daughter attended Marcie’s preschool, Marcie had the biggest, most beautiful blue eyes. The woman claimed Marcie could make one smile in no time. “She was always smiling,” the woman said. “She was always laughing.”
When questioned by an Athens reporter, Marcie’s paternal grandmother said Marcie was proud to be a big sister. From her home, which sat just blocks from Cheryl and John’s trailer, the woman said, “There are no words too describe the heartbreak, pain, and loss that we are experiencing.”
On July 12, more charges were filed against Cheryl. The new charges included felony murder, two counts of child endangerment, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of attempted aggravated possession of drugs.
The tampering-with-evidence charge stemmed from Cheryl allegedly concealing the shirt Marcie had worn on the day of the assault. The drug charge was from Cheryl’s attempt to purchase Percocets.
According to Norma Plank, while following the EMS to the hospital, Cheryl directed her to a home to allow her to purchase the drug.
The day after Cheryl’s murder charge, John filed for divorce. The grounds were established as being Cheryl’s imprisonment and extreme cruelty. John also refused to continue paying for private counsel, and public defender Mathew Jenkins took over the case. A tall, sturdy, fifty-seven-year-old man, Jenkins wore glasses and sported a receding hairline.