A man accused of several gang-related crimes who was indicted by a Chatham County grand jury appeared in court Monday.
Lajuan Sloman was one of nine people indicted Sept. 11 on several counts including aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and violation of the street gang and terrorism and prevention act by a Chatham County grand jury.
The Chatham County District Attorney's Office told WTOC that Sloman was in court because his attorney has filed a motion to withdraw Sloman's right to a speedy trial. He will no longer be tried separately and will be a co-defendant with the other suspects that were indicted.
He rejected a negotiated plea deal of 60 years; 45 to serve. The district attorney's office also offered an open-ended plea deal of 20 to 30 years to serve, but that has not been accepted at this time and there is no indication that it ever will be. He is expected back in court at the end of October.