A Henderson County jury found a 24-year-old Athens man not guilty of an aggravated robbery charge earlier this month.
The verdict on Jirmyrion Lamar High, 22, followed a short deliberation, in Judge Mark Calhoon’s 3rd District Court. High was one of three men indicted in connection with the September 2011 hold-up at a Cayuga Drive gas station-convenience store.
“It was a just verdict,” Defense Attorney Raymond Shackleford said. “The jury followed the law and did the right thing.”
According to Henderson County jail records, High still faces charges for a motion to revoke community supervision and unlawful use of a firearm by a felon. District Attorney Scott McKee said his office is proceeding with those cases as well as continuing with its cases against the other robbery suspects
On September 22, 2011, according to police reports, the Athens Police Department received a call reporting the robbery. The attendant told police that she had been held up by three black men wearing hoodies.
As the men entered the store, one was carrying a handgun, another an iron pipe, and the third was holding a bag. Police department reports said one of the men pointed a gun at the clerk while another went behind the counter and loaded cash into a duffel bag.
High was indicted on March 29, 2012 and entered a not guilty plea on May 21.
Jury finds Athens man not guilty of aggravated robbery
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Wet and wild
A line of severe thunderstorms roared throughout Henderson County on Tuesday afternoon, dropping significant rainfall and taking down trees and power lines.
The storm produced heavy rains in Athens, where the National Weather Service reports 2.16 inches fell. Residents in the county were seeing three or more inches in their rain gauges.
A Henderson County jury delivered a strong message to a 37-year-old Kemp man in the sentencing phase of a child sexual-abuse trial on Tuesday.
The jury, in Judge Mark Calhoon’s 3rd District Court, handed Danny Ray Lusk four life sentences and one 20-year sentence, the maximum jail time on each count.
Going to ‘WAR’
A program termed “We Are Responsible” was generated this year at South Athens Elementary School by its principal, Eugene Buford.
At first reading, the slogan appears to be for the school’s students. But, after looking at the slogan and noting that the abbreviation is WAR, Buford says the slogan is for educators.
A need that’s very easy to see
The Greater Athens Lions Club is asking for used eyeglasses, lenses, glass cases and hearing aids for the annual Lions Club White Cane Day this Saturday.
Too close to home
It was the kind of moment any parent would dread.
Give it to Jody!
The 50th annual Henderson County Farm and Ranch Tour concluded Tuesday with a luncheon on the floor of the Henderson County Fair Park Complex arena and the naming presentation of the Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturist of the Year.
The 25th recipient of the award was Jody Jackson of Murchison, whose farming and ranching operations started with a few cattle and some chickens then grew to one of the county’s most varied operations.
County votes to sell old annex building
Henderson County officials on Tuesday narrowly approved contracting with an Athens realtor to list the old Courthouse Annex building for sale.
Steve Grant Real Estate was chosen to sell the property by a 3-to-2 vote. Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin cast the dissenting votes.
Burk to serve as next ACA administrator
Athens Christian Academy (Kindergarten through 6th grade) is pleased to announce Dale Burk as the new administrator beginning July 2013.
Bullying just got tougher
To reduce the prevalence of school age bullying the Athens Independent School District has added a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts, allowing individuals to quickly, easily and anonymously report urgent information that they may otherwise be uncomfortable revealing.
The Athens Odd Fellow Lodge No. 961 and Athens Rebekah Lodge No. 23 has seven students who are receiving a $500 scholarship to Trinity Valley Community College for this year.
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