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Further details on samurai sword killing released


addisjosephDeputy hears mom say

son was only protecting her


A 16-year-old Jasper juvenile male is charged with murder following the stabbing death of his stepfather Friday, Nov. 23 in The Preserve at Sharp Mountain gated community.

      Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig said the juvenile stabbed his stepfather with a sword, later identified as a “Dha” (similar to a samurai sword) following an argument that began over a minor issue  just before midnight Friday. 

The deceased has been identified as Christopher Todd Allen, 36. The name of the suspect was initially withheld due to his age, but later released as he is being charged in superior court at this time. The suspect has been identified as Joseph M. Addis. There is some confusion about whether a 16-year-old facing a murder charge is treated as a juvenile in the court system.

The 16-year-old is in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center in Dalton. He was arrested at the scene after a relative called 911. 

At the time of the stabbing, the family was living in the basement of their relatives’ house in The Preserve.

The incident report states that the victim had picked up his wife at 8 p.m. from Rocco’s Pub where she worked on the night of the killing. The report states that Marcie Allen, the wife of the victim and mother of Addis, told officers that the victim “had already been drinking” when he picked her up. 

Ms. Allen went on to tell officers in her initial interview more details about the tragic evening.


Read more about the case, including details from the incident report, in our e-edition





+1 #1 Guest 2012-11-29 10:48
Thank you Dan Pool & Pickens Progress for finally posting more information pertaining to this story that doesn't just depict Joseph as a savage murderer as some media and news outlets have done thus far - he is NOT. There is ALWAYS more to every story. This entire family needs prayers & support!
+5 #2 Guest 2012-11-29 15:38
This is a sad story. Once again a child being thrown into the middle of adult problems.
0 #3 Guest 2012-11-29 17:23
My heart goes out to the family for there loss..But I feel so bad for Joseph..He was my sons friend and I know that Joseph was a good kid..I mean come on u get a 36 year old man put his level to want to hit a 16 year old child..And know telling what else he was going to do..The poor kid was doing nothing but defending hiself..I wasn't there I don't know the whole story but I know he don't need to serve the rest of his life in prison..I agree he needs to get some kind of help but he won't get it in prison..
+4 #4 Guest 2012-12-05 11:01
I suggest you idiots stop making comments about something you know NOTHING about. How DARE you pass judgement on a man who was MURDERED when you have NO idea what happened. it is both unethical and disrespectful to him and the family. You should be ashamed of yourself. How do you know he was just defending himself? were you there? NO you weren't. He is a troubled kid and needs serious help. He has for YEARS. it's just too bad it took him murdering someone for him to finally get the help he needs. [Editor's Note: Every comment or fact we have reported were straight from incident reports or interviews with the law enforcement officials. We have offered no speculation ourselves on the events.]
Melody Smith
+4 #5 Melody Smith 2012-12-06 23:44
I've heard many things from inside the family in the past week about Joseph and things he did as early as a child that are very troubling and show all the signs of a person that has long needed help. He did not take advantage of it when the opportunity was there. There is a far deeper history in his life that plays a role in this violent act that have nothing to do with his stepfather. Things you people know nothing about apparently. This act of violence was not an act of self defense. He's 16 and knows or should know right from wrong. He is a ticking time bomb and does not need to be released in his present state of mind. My hope is there are no more victims. I hope the judge sleeps well as well as his family upon his release. The mother has told so many conflicting accounts, the real truth will never be known. At least not here.
+2 #6 guest 2012-12-10 07:35
This seems to be an epidemic; kids murdering. It all stems from terrible parenting, no moral teachings, indulged entitled brats.
-2 #7 Manny 2012-12-11 14:46
Known him since the very day he was born. Terrible someone had to die, however, this kid was provoked to a degree. Should he have to pay for this mistake, yes. A lot of people are acting like this was a random attack on an innocent bystander. Booze. There is your answer.
+1 #8 Anita 2012-12-19 07:18
there's always an one is held accountable for anything....... least in the minds of some enablers...

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