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Victim's family wants their day in court

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Nathan's Father, Randy Wood and mother, Kim Chamberlain Nathan's Father, Randy Wood and mother, Kim Chamberlain
The wreck that left three people dead resulted in a third DUI case against 40-year-old Michael Littleton. The wreck that left three people dead resulted in a third DUI case against 40-year-old Michael Littleton.

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 20, 2008

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - The parents of a Dougherty County teenager killed in a drunk driving crash more than two years ago in Lee County are angry that the man who caused the crash hasn't yet stood trial.

The wreck resulted in a third DUI case against 40-year-old Michael Littleton.

Judge James Sizemore is an acquaintance of Michael Littleton, and he's been on the bench the last several times the case has been on the calendar. He hasn't recused himself from the case, but has postponed it, waiting for another judge to hear it.

 The parents of 17-year-old Nathan Wood who was killed in the crash say enough is enough and they want justice for their son.

Three people were killed June 28th, 2006 when 40-year-old Michael Littleton lost control of his Ford pickup on Ledo Road at Hugh Road and crashed head on into Kelly Jean and Charles Caldwell's Pontiac Sunbird. Both Caldwells, and 17-year-old Nathan Wood a passenger in Littleton's truck were killed. It was Littleton's third DUI. For Nathan Wood's parents it's hard to look back.

"He loved everybody,"  said Nathan's mother Kim Chamberlin. "Even if someone would be mean to him he would just turn the other cheek. There was no enemy, he didn't hold a grudge. He was a good boy."

The family can't go forward, that's because they say there's been no justice for their son. Michael Littleton has only appeared before a judge once since the crash.

"It's just been postponed and postponed. We'd just like to get something going," said Nathan's Father Randy Wood.

This year, the case has been brought multiple times before Judge James Sizemore. Each time he's postponed it, sometimes at the request of the defense, but the DA says the judge has also stated in court that he shouldn't not preside over the case because he knows Littleton.

"That's what Cecilia has been trying to do, begging to him if you can't do it bring another judge in, and he's not even doing that," said Mrs. Chamberlin.

Sizemore has not recused himself from the case. We tried repeatedly to reach the judge and were told once by his office staff that he didn't feel he could comment. When we questioned District Attorney Cecilia Cooper why the case hadn't been reassigned, she explained it's difficult because there's only one courtroom in Lee County and limited time because the district includes six counties.

The Woods say it's no excuse.  They need to do more with this, I mean two and a half years, I mean, come on," said Woods.

What's worse they say is that when Littleton was given bond, there were special conditions, but not one that keeps him from driving. They say he's been allowed to go on with his life with no consequences for what he took from them, their son.

Special conditions of Littleton's bond include no contacts with the victims of the crash and no use of alcohol or drugs. Littleton's case will again come before a judge November 18th.

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