Authorities are on the search for a suspect involved in tying up a man, duct-taping his mouth shut, and fatally shooting him. Antonio Dewayne Mitchell is the last of four suspects that authorities are searching for in a deadly home invasion in Jackson, Georgia. Kaitlin Hulsey, Sharrod Ross, and an unidentified female juvenile have been arrested so far. Both Hulsey, Ross, and the unidentified juvenile have been charged with murder, armed robbery, and false imprisonment according to authorities.
Authorities say the four suspects intended to rob the home. However, once they got inside they allegedly bound the victim's ankles and wrists and duct-taped his mouth shut. The victim ended up freeing his hands and attempting to escape the house. Authorities said Mitchell and Ross then fired several rounds, killing him. Butts County deputies arrested Ross, Hulsey and the juvenile shortly after the incident was reported.
Now let's look at what murder, armed robbery, and false imprisonment charges signify in the state of Georgia.
According to Georgia Law, O.C.G.A. §16-5-1, a person commits the offense of murder when he unlawfully and with malice aforethought, express or implied, causes the death of another human being. Malice is defined as having a wicked or corrupt motive or an intention to do evil. It is also an unlawful objective to kill without justification or mitigation. The punishment is either life in prison without parole or the death penalty. The following are specific defenses to murder in Georgia:
- Defense of others
- Exercise of duty
- Lack of malice
According to Georgia Law, O.C.G.A. §16-8-41, a person commits the offense of armed robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device have the appearance of such weapon. Offensive weapons include guns, knives, machetes, swords, as well as others. The punishment is a minimum of ten to twenty years in prison with no early release. It is also possible to receive life in prison or the death penalty for armed robbery depending on the incident. The following are specific defenses to armed robbery in Georgia:
- No actual robbery
- Justified taking by force
According to Georgia Law, O.C.G.A. §16-5-41, a person commits the offense of false imprisonmentwhen, in violation of the personal liberty of another, he arrests, confines, or detains such person without legal authority. Like the above charges, false imprisonment is a felony. The punishment for a false imprisonment conviction is a prison sentence of one to ten years. The following are specific defenses to false imprisonment in Georgia:
- Lack of intent
- There was a reasonable way out
- No confinement
For the four suspects to be convicted of the above charges, the state of Georgia must demonstrate that they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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