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16-year-old murder suspect will likely be released on bail this week

    addisjoseph        16-year-old Joseph Addis, who is charged with murdering his stepfather with a samurai sword on November 23, will likely be released on bail to the home of his grandparents in the Preserve gated community following a Wednesday hearing.

   The house where he will be held under 24/7 supervision of his grandmother is the same place he is accused of stabbing his step-father Christopher Allen, 36, a single time with the rusty, old sword following a family argument. Marcie Allen, the wife of Christopher and mother of Addis, told detectives that the stabbing occurred following a family fight where the older Allen had tried to slap the juvenile. The mother said during a cell phone conversation in front of a deputy that Allen had regularly been abusive.

   Judge Brenda Weaver indicated that she would grant bail unless something unexpected came up in psychological exams from Addis’ in-take at the Youth Detention Center in Dalton, or in a conversation the judge requested with the psychologist if the report is not available.

   Judge Weaver announced her intention following a lengthy and at times tense hearing Wednesday where the victim’s mother testified along with Addis’ grandparents.

   The witnesses all described Addis as extremely withdrawn and in need of counseling. During the hearing it was also announced by the District Attorney’s office that they opposed any bail release where Ms. Allen and her son could “collaborate,” as they are looking at possible charges against Ms. Allen in the death of her husband. Read more in next week's print edition.

 

• Read extensive details from the incident report, in our e-edition

 • Original online story here

• Psychological evaulation of 16-year-old murder suspect ordered in first court appearance

• Further Details released in samurai sword slaying

 

 

Local church holds forum on social media

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Mt. Zion Baptist Church Pastor Ben Mock and Pickens County Corporal Chris Leake

Follow this link to read "The Believer's Guide to Facebook" by Rev. Mock

     At a forum Sunday night at Mount Zion Church on the dangers of social media, Corporal Chris Leake with the Pickens Sheriff’s office advised parents to use today’s technology to their advantage, teach kids how to behave civilly on social media sites, and above all never post anything your grandmother wouldn’t approve of.

 

Further details on samurai sword killing released

 

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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

 

 

 

Popular school principal on leave after recall forces second hip replacement

 

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For Hill City Elementary Principal Dr. Carlton Wilson, this holiday season will be one of recovery after he undergoes revision surgery to replace two metal hips that have been recalled for high failure rates and unwanted side effects. 

“When I found out about all of the symptoms of this, that upset me,” Wilson said the day before one of the metal-on-metal hips he had installed over four years ago would be replaced. “But when I found out that the company knew about all of this a year and a half before they put the first one in, that made me kind of angry.”

DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, manufactured the hips and there are now hundreds of lawsuits that have been filed against DePuy. Questions have also arisen about the way in which the hips gained approval for manufacturing. 

Worldwide over 93,000 people have received this variety of hip implant, and it is estimated that over 40,000 of those patients are in the U.S. 

Above, Hill City  Elementary School Principal Carlton Wilson

 

16-year-old charged with murder following family argument

Updated - The 16-year-old suspect charged with murdering his step father Friday made his "First Appearance Hearing"  in court Monday morning. Chief Judge Brenda Weaver cleared the court as the suspect is considered a minor at this time. It is expected that the court will order psychological evaluations during the hearing.

The case may be transfered to superior court during this hearing, removing the suspect's juvenile status.

 

 Original story.

A 16-year-old Jasper juvenile male is charged with murder following the stabbing death of his step-father Friday in the Preserve at Sharp Mountain gated community.

            Sheriff Donnie Craig said the juvenile stabbed his step-father with a sword, later identified as a “Dha” (similar to a samurai sword) following an argument over a relatively minor issue around midnight Friday. The deceased has been identified as Christopher Todd Allen, 36. The name of the suspect is being withheld.

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. The family was living in the basement of relatives’ house in the gated community.

            Craig said the juvenile, a former PHS student being homeschooled currently, was not known to be troubled or have past issues based on the initial investigation.

            Craig said he didn’t believe that the young man had any martial arts training. “They had a collection of replica (swords),” he said.

            The step-father was found by deputies still alive with a large wound in his abdomen. He was transported by Pickens EMS to Kennestone where he died in surgery.

            The young man was initially charged with aggravated assault, later changed to murder when his step-father died.