TRIAL UPDATE: State's Evidence Mounts Up as Hyde Faces Inevitable Downward Spiral; Meanwhile, Key Witness to Come Forward In the Trial
In the last few months, more information has been coming out in relation to Ronnie Hyde's past indiscretions. And as the pretrial motions continue, it does not look good for Hyde whatsoever. On the 21st of February, a document solidifies the fact that Ronnie Hyde may never see the light of day again.
The state revealed that there was another witness that will come forward in the coming months with redacted initials. According to the State Attorney's Office in a new document, this victim had been sexually abused and coerced by Hyde between 1986-1991. Additional evidence will be introduced that will include testimonies from the victim's family and close acquaintances, and evidence that was found at Hyde's home according to an FBI 302 report that was given to Anne Finnell''s office. The said evidence is more than likely the child pornography that was found in Hyde's home that has the victim's depiction in it. It also appears that more children have been identified in the photos that Hyde had kept at his home prior to his arrest, and will more than likely come forward soon through more notices of wrongdoing.
With that said, we would like to take you back to our last update, where we mentioned the involvement of a victim identified as C.S. We would like to clearly inform our readers about this person, and we ask that you think about what his true role may be in the trial.
C.S. was from Jacksonville, FL and met Ronnie Hyde through the same church that the Lasters attended: The Strength for Living Church. Having been heavily involved with the church because of his relation to a certain church leader, he more than likely had tons of contact with Hyde through the youth ministry.
Unfortunately for C.S., he would also become a victim of Hyde's; being sexually abused by him between 1992-1994.
According to a January 2018 document, C.S. was confined to a jail in Tennessee. After further research, we were able to identify C.S. and learn about his situation in the Smoky Mountain State and about him:
*C.S. was arrested on October 13th, 2017 on charges of Casual Exchange of a Schedule IV drug in Marshall County, Tennessee. His current status is unknown; however according to the same January 2018 document, it is possible he was able to reach an agreement with Tennessee Authorities on the charges in exchange for testimony against Hyde.
*We have also learned he is a high profile music producer who has a residence in Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee; helping up and coming rap artists. He has a track record that links him to Snoop Dog and P Diddy.
*The family of Fred Laster believes that he may have some damning evidence about Hyde's whereabouts the night of June 4th, 1994 and the morning of June 5th. Their basis is the document from January and previous conversations with Prosecutor Mac Heavener.
C.S. is expected to give a deposition soon.
As the case goes on, there is more evidence stacking up and not in Hyde's favor. Another recent conversation with Mac Heavener to a Laster family member revealed that there are other pieces of evidence that plan to be introduced; however at this time we do not feel that it is best to discuss this until the time comes that its introduced. We will keep you posted on that, but it will be something you do not want to miss.
Additionally, there are June Deposition hearings for Laster Family friend Vincent Jubito, Richard Laster, Sr. (Freddy's father) and CCSO Investigators Brian Rix and Mike Hodges. Mr. Jubito's hearing will be in Jacksonville; Richard Sr.'s in Live Oak; and CCSO Investigators at the Columbia County Sheriffs Office.
Until next time, be safe everyone!
Jason Futch has been following the LCJD and developing updates since 2011 while a student at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, FL. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon as a motorcoach driver for Northwest Navigator Luxury Motorcoaches.