Judge denies Dean daughter bond

19-year-old accused of stealing jewelry

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 10:27 AM
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A judge on Tuesday refused to grant bond for the oldest adopted daughter of former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, who was convicted of child molestation last year.

Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Ansley Court in Augusta, was arrested July 21 in Harlem and is in the Columbia County Detention Center. She’s accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother, Renee Meyer Dean.

“She poses a significant risk of flight,” Associate Magistrate Judge Jason R. Troiano said at a preliminary hearing.

During the investigation into her adoptive father, Marlin Dean fled to Mexico, and it took a long time and great effort to get her to come back, Assistant District Attorney Madonna Little said.

Renee Dean said she was out of town for five days and returned July 20. The next morning, “she awoke and found a bracelet lying on the floor alerting her to check her jewelry box,” Harlem Department of Public Safety Officer Chet Hopkins said at the hearing.

Renee Dean called authorities and reported about $26,000 worth of jewelry missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem.

Marlin Dean was charged with burglary and theft by receiving stolen property. Troiano said there was sufficient evidence to bind the theft charge over to Superior Court for further prosecution.

He refused to bind over the burglary charge, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to prove she entered the home illegally.

A friend told authorities that she took Marlin Dean to a Martinez pawnshop, where she pawned a 1-carat diamond engagement ring set, worth $5,000, for $750, and possibly a necklace, Hopkins said. She used her passport for identification, he said, and there is video surveillance footage of the transaction.

The ring was identified by Renee Dean and recovered, as was a topaz ring that Marlin Dean pawned at a shop in Augusta on May 9.

Even though Troiano didn’t bind the burglary case over for further prosecution, he said the grand jury still has the right to indict Marlin Dean on that charge.

Scott Dean was convicted in December of molesting another of his adopted daughters. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in February and was denied a new trial in June.

Allegations about him came to light when Marlin Dean ran away from home and was later found in Mexico. In a phone conversation with investigators, she said Dean had tried to have sex with her. She later recanted.

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Jeepster2001
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Jeepster2001 08/14/12 - 11:05 am
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Good Call

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Definitely a flight risk, since she's pulled the stunt before. Sad to say, but two of the children that the Deans adopted, probably should have been left in Guatemala. They were trying to keep the family together, and see what thanks they have received...

Farmboy
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Farmboy 08/14/12 - 12:21 pm
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Not Guilty?

I really wonder. When you take this into consideration, I think that Scott Dean's real, and quite possibly only mistake, was to adopt these kids.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/14/12 - 01:58 pm
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It's easy to love a shining star...

I've had conversations with the DA's office regarding other young offenders and found them to be very helpful. If Marlin, gets the right connection, this could help her get on track. I sincerely hope that there is someone in Marlin's life, that isn't going to give up on her.

Tullie
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Tullie 08/14/12 - 03:44 pm
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Adoptive

Why do they insist on using adopted daughter? And what the heck is an adoptive father and adopted father? How come Renee Dean isn't an adopted mother?

I was under the impression when you adopt a child you became a mother and a father and they became your son or daughter.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/15/12 - 08:35 am
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I never heard of no bond in a

I never heard of no bond in a stolen jewelry case. Murderers and child molesters in Augusta get out easier.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 08/15/12 - 12:03 pm
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Wow...

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Seems like Columbia Co. cares more about if she bails for Mexico than her adoptive parents did when she did it as a 15 year old...just my opinion.

Tullie
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Tullie 08/15/12 - 02:01 pm
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She is a flight risk

She is a high flight risk actually. I assume Columbia County would have to pay to find and get her back here. I call it using common sense. The girl has a "history."

To me stealing $26,000 worth of jewelry is not chump change and she did get quite a bit for it. I wonder what she had in mind to do with the money?

It seems like there is no peace for that family.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/15/12 - 09:43 pm
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Things have a way of working

Things have a way of working out even when it looks as if they are not working out. Marlin could be better off in jail for the time being. It couldn't be an easy situation for either Marlin or Renee. Hopefully, now something will happen that brings real help to both of them.

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