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Georgia Criminal Law News February 2018

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

February 2018 has been a tragic month all across the nation with many crimes being committed against others. Some of the crimes include:

There have been multiple robberies of Georgia Tech students recently. One occurred on February 5th near the Midtown campus. The victim told officers he was visiting friends when two men in black hoodies got out of a gray sedan and robbed him. One of the men had a handgun pointed at the victim and forced him to hand over his bag. The bag contacted his laptop and a Huawei Lite cell phone. The perpetrators will be charged with Armed Robbery

One of the most devastating stories of the month involved a deadly shootout in Henry County on February 9th. Tierre Guthrie missed his court date for a minor traffic violation, and two deputies called Locust Grove Police Officer Chase Maddox for back up when serving Guthrie with the warrant. Investigators are unsure as to how the shooting started but Maddox was shot three times, and Guthrie was shot four times resulting in both of their deaths. The deputies were also hit, but a bulletproof vest saved his life. Maddox was anxiously awaiting the birth of his second baby at the time of the shooting. Tierre left behind three children of his own. 

On February 9th, Richard Lyle Timmons allegedly shot and killed his wife outside an Augusta nursing home. Jazna O. Timmons had filed for divorce from Richard and was scared of him. Richard allegedly shot and killed Jazna outside the Georgia War Veterans Nursing home where she worked. Richard had been on the run since the shooting, but authorities were able to catch him at a Texas airport on February 15th. The U.S. Marshals Service worked with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to apprehend Timmons. 

A Hogansville Police Officer was arrested on February 12th, on charges related to selling guns and drugs. Daniel-Cameron William Kemp was spotted by Coweta County Sheriff's Office deputies passing a gun and a container to a main in a car. The deputies followed the car and questioned the driver. The driver admitted to buying a .22 caliber Uzi and marijuana from Kemp and mentioned that he had purchased drugs from him in the past. Officers searched Kemp's home and found marijuana, methamphetamine, and pills including oxycodone that was not prescribed to Kemp. He has subsequently resigned from the police department. He will be charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, along with other drug charges. 

A traffic stop on February 20th by Georgia State Patrol led to a massive drug bust. Police drugs notified the officers of drugs in the vehicle and officers seized about $200,00 in cash and half a kilogram of heroin. Officers were then led to a stash house in Lawrenceville, Georgia where they found $50,000 in cash, 25 kilos of heroin, two kilos of meth, and two kilos of cocaine. Two men from Mexico have been arrested and face charges of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. The bust resulted in over $2 million of drugs being seized. The perpetrators will be charged with trafficking heroin and trafficking cocaine, both of which offenses carry mandatory time in prison and fines starting at a million dollars. 

Shawn Smith was arrested on February 27th for an incident that occurred on February 12th. Smith allegedly bit a 7-year-old girl on the shoulder and then bit a 5-year-old boy on the face. Smith has been charged with two counts of first-degree cruelty to children

Five people were arrested in conjunction with a child sex sting on February 27th. They ranged in age from 23-43. The suspects were communicating with undercover investigators on social media and agreed to meet up with a child for sex. In some of the cases, the suspects sent obscene or lewd content to people they believed to be children and asked them to take nude or pornographic images. They have been charged with a variety of crimes ranging from criminal attempt to commit child molestation, sexual exploitation of children, and criminal attempt of enticing a minor for indecent purposes. 

On February 28th, a Dalton High School teacher was arrested for allegedly firing at least one shot inside a classroom. Randal Davidson was the longtime radio voice of the Dalton High School football and basketball teams. Around 11:30 a.m. some students tried to get into Davidson's classroom, but he would not let them in. Principal Bartoo stated that he tried to get into the room with his key, but Davidson forcibly closed it on him. They heard one gunshot and students were panicked running through the hallways. Davidson has been charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and disrupting a public school. 

After the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, there have been several threats by students in Georgia. Some of these include:

A 13-year-old has been accused of making threats to “shoot up the school” and wound a teacher at Warner Robins Middle School. Police arrested the student February 26th, and he has been charged with terroristic threats and acts. 

A student at Mary Persons High School in Monroe County was arrested on February 15th after allegedly posting online a potential threat to his high school. Brandon Hudson is 17 years old, and several students reported his post to the authorities. Hudson has been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the online post. 

On February 26th, a South Gwinnett High School student posted a video online of him loading a gun and saying “South Gwinnett – you're next'. The 16-year-old has been arrested. 

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