Conspiracy charge against McDuffie County teen dropped

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 11:33 AM
Last updated 7:48 PM
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A Superior Court judge has dropped charges against a McDuffie County teen accused of conspiring to kill a Greenbrier High School classmate last year.

Christian Reed Adams Annis, 18, was indicted in February on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, according to an indictment.

Annis’ attorney, Travis Saul, filed a motion to quash the indictment in April. Judge J. Carlisle Over­street agreed Sept. 10 to quash the indictment. The order was filed Sept. 12 in Co­lum­­bia County Superior Court.

The conspiracy charge requires that Annis “discussed a future criminal act” with another and committed “an overt act to effect the object of the conspiracy.”

When he was arrested Oct. 28, Annis told deputies that his 15-year-old girlfriend asked him to help kill another student. He told the girl Oct. 21 that he would provide the vehicle and the guns, according to the indictment.

Ano­ther Greenbrier student who was enlisted to help informed school officials, who called police.

The 15-year-old, from Evans, was charged as a juvenile with criminal solicitation.

Saul said the prosecution deemed the first conversation as the “discussion” and the second as the “overt act.”

That logic was “completely arbitrary and vague and fails to provide proper notice of what conduct is prohibited,” according to Saul’s motion.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/18/12 - 01:07 pm
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Any relation to Superior

Any relation to Superior Court Judge Michael Annis? Just asking.

Why would Overstreet drop the charges? Sounds like little Annis "conspired" to me.

"first conversation as the “discussion” and the second conversation as the “overt act.” "

Well...yeh. The first time Annis just talked to the girl about it. But when he came back later and said he would provide the stuff to do it that is an overt act of conspiracy.

I'll bet if it was Overstreet's kid they were talking about killing he would by gosh think Annis "conspired".

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/18/12 - 01:28 pm
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"Any relation to Superior

"Any relation to Superior Court Judge Michael Annis?

Check your AC email.

clumber
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clumber 09/18/12 - 01:30 pm
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Conspiracy

If the act had been directed toward a judges or lawyers child, it would not have been dismissed. Cui bono?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/18/12 - 02:34 pm
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itsanotherday1....thanks.

itsanotherday1....thanks.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 09/18/12 - 02:53 pm
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Conspiracy

I have never been comfortable with conspiracy as a crime per se. It seems akin to making it a crime to breathe while planing a criminal act. Even if the act is never carried out you are guilty of breathing... Seems to work for prosecutors when nothing else can be proved...

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/19/12 - 03:44 am
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Garbage

Someone made a back room deal. This is rubbish!

CABoatright
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CABoatright 09/19/12 - 07:13 am
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This is BS!
Unpublished

Imagine how the intended victim must feel!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/19/12 - 07:46 am
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Relation

At least one of the radio stations reported that this Christian Annis is related (I think they said nephew) to Judge Annis. It's regrettable that the newspaper hid it. It is a perspective that deserves to be out in the open.

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Barry Paschal 09/19/12 - 10:19 am
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"Hidden"?

I'm not aware Christian Annis' relationship to Judge Michael Annis has been "hidden." It simply hasn't had any bearing on the case, and including it would have been gratuituous. In this particular case, the prosecution did not contest dropping the charges because they didn't have the necessary elements to prove a conspiracy. It's the same reason the charges against the juvenile were reduced previously.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/19/12 - 11:43 am
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LL, dig a little deeper on the family connections. I am reluctant to post anything here for fear of violating some TOS, but I don't believe Judge Annis wanted any quarter on this case.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/19/12 - 11:25 am
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Case

The prosecution may very well have had no case; or they may have indeed had a case but chose not to object as a professional courtesy to Judge Annis.

I guess this story proves the adage that a good prosecutor can get an indictment on a ham sandwich. Grand juries are notoriously pliable. The prosecutor told the grand jury that telling the girl he would get the vehicle and the guns is an "overt act," but did not argue in front of Judge Overstreet when the defense attorney said telling the girl he would get the vehicle and the guns is not an overt act.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/19/12 - 11:29 am
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The other trial

I guess Christian Annis will now become the star witness for the prosecution in the trial for the juvenile girl. I wonder what kind of defense her lawyer will put up? Surely she won't take the stand.

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