Sadie Marie Veal, the woman who was sentenced to a three-year prison term in 1990 for fatally stabbing her boyfriend, is back in trouble. This time, the Crystal River woman is accused of stealing a car and then driving it while drunk and without a license, court records show. Veal, 24, now known as Sadie Edwards, pleaded guilty to the April 1989 slaying of her boyfriend and was sentenced to prison. She served only seven months, though, because of prison overcrowding. Law officers arrested Veal in April 1991 for DUI and driving without a license. A judge put her under a two-year house arrest and said he never wanted her to drink or drive again. But on May 26, law officers accused her of stealing a friend's 1992 Camaro and then driving drunk along County Road 491 north of Lecanto, court records show. The arrest probably will result in a violation of Veal's community control. Her case was on the docket in circuit court Monday but was passed so she could have time to find and hire a lawyer.
Murder defense money okayed
INVERNESS _ A judge on Monday authorized payment of some $29,000 for defense work in two Citrus County murder cases. The money goes to Brooksville lawyer Chip Harp for his representation of Dr. Dorsey Sanders Jr., accused mastermind of the Floral City murder case; and Howard Dayton, admitted accomplice in the murder of Dr. Carlos Nessi. Harp asked for, and was given, $24,840 for his efforts on behalf of Dr. Sanders, the retired veterinarian who eventually was found innocent on all charges. Harp removed himself from Dr. Sanders' case before trial because of a conflict of interest. Trial counsel Mark Shelnutt already has been paid $70,000 plus for the defense work. Circuit Judge John Thurman also granted Harp's request for $4,200 payment in the Dayton case. Dayton entered a plea bargain earlier this year and now is serving a 19-year prison term. Citrus County must pay both legal bills because the defendants had been declared indigent and the public defender's office was unable to represent them because of conflicts of interest.