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Columbia County indictments charge four in violent crimes

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A Columbia County grand jury has indicted four people accused in violent crimes.

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George Scott Dillard, 46, of Sugar Creek Drive in Grovetown, was indicted on charges of kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, criminal trespass, stalking and two counts of cruelty to children, according to court documents released Thursday.

Dillard is charged in the July 19 assault of his ex-girlfriend in her Martinez apartment. He arrived at the apartment with the couple’s two young sons and forced his way in, authorities said. The woman told authorities that Dillard punched, kicked and choked her to unconsciousness several times, in front of their children, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.

The woman suffered serious injuries, including several swollen and likely broken bones, bruises and bleeding from her mouth and ear. She also had abrasions and bruises on her head, neck and shoulders.

Dillard had been warned to leave the woman alone and not be on the apartment complex property.

He is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

The grand jury also indicted an Evans teenager accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Blake Davis Weems, 17, of Quinn Drive, was indicted on three counts of aggravated child molestation, three counts of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, rape and incest, according to the indictment.

Weems was arrested June 13 after the girl told her parents that he raped and molested her. The girl said Weems forced her to have sex and commit other sex acts with him, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Weems was granted bond Aug. 10 and was released to his grandparents’ custody.

Also indicted were two teenagers on charges related to a June 11 shooting of an Evans man.

The grand jury indicted Joquel Tre-Shon Downs, 18, of Augusta, and Robert Donnell Hobbs, 19, of Martinez, on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Hobbs also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Julian Derrick Bell told authorities he left the complex and drove to his house on Evans to Locks Road, where Hobbs and Downs approached him and Downs fired a handgun into his car, according to a police report.

Bell was hit twice in the left thigh and once in the abdomen. He was treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Hobbs is being held in jail without bond. Downs is being held in the Richmond County jail without bond.


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