Missing defendant’s case set for December 9
The disappearance of a defendant in a drug and gun case has delayed the conclusion of a trial.
Anya Wilmott’s family reported the 22-year-old missing on November 22, the same day that she was supposed to appear before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell for a verdict in her trial.
According to an official from the Police Prosecutions Department, Bethell did not issue an arrest warrant when Wilmott failed to appear. Instead, she adjourned the case to December 9 after Wilmott’s surety, her mother Antoinette Newton, could offer no explanation for her non-appearance, the official said. Newton later filed a missing person’s report after she reportedly failed to make contact with her daughter.
Police arrested Wilmott and her then-boyfriend Everette Coakley in 2009 after they allegedly found a .32-revolver and several ounces of marijuana in their one-bedroom apartment in Garden Hills. Police said they found the items in a man’s jacket that was hanging in the closet.
Contrary to reports in another daily, Wilmott was not scheduled to testify for the prosecution in the case. The prosecution had already closed its case against Wilmott and Coakley and she made an unsworn statement in her defense on October 20, The Guardian has learned. After closing submissions by defense counsel, the matter was adjourned to November 22.
According to her family, Wilmott was last seen at Little Feet Academy dropping her daughters off to school.
Police reported finding her car off Prince Charles Drive on November 29.
Anyone with information on Anya’s whereabouts should call police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502, 9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.