Prosecutors withdrew a motion to transfer one of four teens charged in an October home invasion from Juvenile to Superior Court at an adjudication hearing Thursday.
Assistant District Attorney Madonna Little said she withdrew the motion to transfer Antonio Marquette Davis, 15, after receiving results of a mental evaluation. Little said it showed Davis as borderline mentally retarded.
Davis and four others are accused of an armed home invasion in Grovetown on Oct. 30.
The incident occurred just before 2 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Lake Royal subdivision off Old Belair Road. A woman called authorities and said a group of young men threatened her at gunpoint.
Nicholas Dwight Blodgett, 17, of Magnolia Parkway in Grovetown, and Mario Lavache Jones Jr., 17; Jermaine Marcell Jones Jr., 14; Zion Howard, 11; and Davis, 15, all of Augusta, are charged with burglary, kidnapping, attempt to commit and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
At the hearing, Davis and Jermaine Jones submitted admissions to the charges and will be sentenced once all investigations and mental evaluations are complete, Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan said.
The woman said she was in the kitchen of her boyfriend’s Lake Royal Drive home, where she saw someone approach the front door.
Davis said at the hearing that Blodgett picked them up from Murphy’s Crossing in his truck, brought them to Columbia County to “do a lick.” Davis said Blodgett showed them the house to rob “because they had some guns.”
Blodgett told them to ring the doorbell and put the gun in the face of whoever answered the door, Davis said.
“Nick gave us the guns to do it,” Davis said, adding that Blodgett also told the young men to shoot the homeowner in the leg if he tries anything.
The woman told deputies that she ran to answer the doorbell so it wouldn’t wake up her boyfriend sleeping upstairs. When she opened the door, Davis said he asked if “Bill” was home. When she said no, another teen hiding to the side of the door put a gun in her face, backed her up into the house and made her lay face-down.
When the assailants demanded to know who was home, she warned them not to wake up her boyfriend upstairs.
“He came out with a pump,” Davis said. “He cocked it, so we ran.”
Davis said Blodgett told them to run through the woods to another neighborhood, where he’d be waiting. Deputies saw four young men running and a blue Ford F-150 truck driving slowly in the area.
Davis, Jermaine and Mario Jones, and Howard were arrested a short time later. Once authorities realized Blodgett’s involvement, he was charged early the next morning.
Blodgett is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $90,200 bond, according to jail records. Mario Jones also is in the jail on an $85,300 bond.
Davis, Jermaine Jones and Howard are being held without bond in the Regional Youth Detention Center.