Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 22, 2013

Verdict; not guilty

Jury finds Athens man not guilty of aggravated robbery

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens —

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.