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Adrian Hargrove handed death sentence for 2008 Augusta triple slayings

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 4:16 PM
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At the conclusion of a 38-day trial Tuesday, a jury determined that Adrian Hargrove should die for killing three people.

Adrian Hargrove, 36, was sentenced to death for the brutal Feb. 9, 2008, slayings of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson and her parents, Sharon and Andrew Hartley.  HAND OUT
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Adrian Hargrove, 36, was sentenced to death for the brutal Feb. 9, 2008, slayings of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson and her parents, Sharon and Andrew Hartley.


The Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated just short of an hour before deciding that death was the appropriate sentence for each of the three victims.

As the judge polled jurors to ensure that was their decision, Hargrove dropped his head and hunched his shoulders.

The same jury had convicted Hargrove, 36, on Friday for the brutal Feb. 9, 2008, slayings of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson and her parents, Sharon and Andrew Hartley.

Pederson, who was pregnant, and the Hartleys were repeatedly stabbed with a butcher knife and beaten by Hargrove.

This morning, Judge James G. Blanchard Jr., who presided over the trial, will impose sentences for the other crimes Hargrove was convicted of – kidnapping, feticide, burglary and three counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

“Your verdict should speak for the community,” District Attorney Ashley Wright told the jury in her closing statement Tuesday. Hargrove attacked unarmed, unsuspecting innocent victims, she argued. “What trumps, what stops evil?”

Pederson was cut and stabbed 21 times and suffered at least four blows in an abandoned trailer on Horseshoe Road. Hargrove dumped her body at the Lock and Dam where he set her on fire.

Sharon Hartley was cut and stabbed 12 times before dying on the floor of her own bedroom where her body was found splattered with her husband’s blood. Andrew Hartley was cut and stabbed 20 times and hit 17 times with an ax handle. Hargrove gouged his face while Hartley was still alive in his Bennock Mill Road Home, Wright said.

In a span of just a few hours, Hargrove killed not once but three times, Wright said. Afterward, he lied to sheriff’s detectives, tried to get witnesses to obstruct justice, was caught in jail with a shank and planned to escape the first chance he got, she said.

The magnitude of his crimes deserved the ultimate punishment, she argued.

But Newell Hamilton of the Georgia Capital Defender office asked the jury for mercy for Hargrove, to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“This was a horrible crime and we have never said it was not,” Hamilton told the jury. But another death would not make it better, he said.

Life in prison without any chance of ever being free again is punishment, Hamilton argued. To live every day with someone else controlling your every movement was not a life anyone would choose. And, Hamilton added, there was no evidence that Hargrove would be a danger to any staff or other inmate.

For the jury to return a verdict of death, each member had to vote for that punishment. A single vote of life in prison would spare Hargrove, Hamilton said. He implored each juror to use his own moral values and not be afraid to be the lone vote for life.

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LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 03/25/14 - 04:23 pm
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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/25/14 - 04:35 pm
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Lady's and
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gentlemen of the jury, my hat is off to you.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/25/14 - 04:55 pm
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PUNISHMENT
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The jury got it right and now it will remain to be seen how long scum sucking lawyers can keep this disgusting pile of you know what alive. I bet it's longer than the poor young girls lived.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/25/14 - 06:15 pm
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He still will have plenty of time

to get right with God before he dies.

Probably decades.

jmo
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jmo 03/25/14 - 07:08 pm
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The proper punishment....

would be to FRY him tonight.

Pops
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Pops 03/25/14 - 08:26 pm
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This wuss Hamilton says

“This was a horrible crime and we have never said it was not,” Hamilton told the jury. But another death would not make it better, he said.

Misguided little fellow......death of this animal will make it better.....

corgimom
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corgimom 03/25/14 - 08:37 pm
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He should've gotten the death

He should've gotten the death penalty for raping the 5 year old and giving her gonorrhea.

This is justice finally catching up to him.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/25/14 - 08:38 pm
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And I just wonder how many

And I just wonder how many other children were his victims, because child molesters never change.

griff6035
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griff6035 03/25/14 - 08:53 pm
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DEATH SENTENCE!

Now lets get it done.

younameit
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younameit 03/25/14 - 10:59 pm
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Twelve Great Americans

Very seldom in today's America do we witness twelve citizens assembled in one place who take seriously the importance of knowing what they believe; saying what they mean; and meaning what they say. Jury duty is a very solemn responsibility - to speak the deeply held convictions of a community; re-establish what kind of behavior will not be tolerated; and thereby protect us from those who will take note of this brave pronouncement. When their community called on them to truly administer justice, they accepted without reservation and that's what great Americans have always done.

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rebellious 03/25/14 - 10:59 pm
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What

a brutal, heartless, human being. Kudos to the jury for having the courage to not bow to bleeding heart pleas for mercy. He had no mercy for his victims, in fact, showed a brutality that is the antithesis of mercy. Unfortunately, the wheels of justice move like a sloth, and it would be a miracle if anyone on these boards sees his execution.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/25/14 - 11:59 pm
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Justice...

...has been done.
Now all we have to do is wait 20 or 30 years while the death penalty opponent lawyers whine and moan and delay by filing endless, often frivolous, appeals....

myfather15
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myfather15 03/26/14 - 05:12 am
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Good riddance!! I only wish

Good riddance!! I only wish that it would happen within 1 year!!

And for those two giving thumbs down, do you care to explain with this person shouldn't be put to death?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/26/14 - 06:41 am
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Thumbs Down?

Perhaps those giving the thumbs down don't have the "depth" to back their opinions.

Oh, I'm sure they'll claim they merely don't won't to take such an unpopular opinion, but in reality, they can't back up their beliefs in a substantive way.

After all - there is really just ONE "efficient and just" way to deal with rabid animals!

corgimom
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corgimom 03/26/14 - 07:35 am
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Young Fred, you insult rabid

Young Fred, you insult rabid animals when you compare them to this so-called person.

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curly123053 03/26/14 - 07:57 am
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Hang Him !!

When there is zero doubt that someone has committed a crime like this guy, I say just take him out back of the courthouse, throw a rope over the tallest tree, and hang him !! Get it over with the least cost to taxpayers. But then I guess that is not humane today !!

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Guntoter 2 03/26/14 - 07:59 am
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Please please in my James Brown voice..don't let this [filtered word] ants of a killer sit on death row until he reaches the age of an old man..put this outta control primate out of his misery now..those families need some kinda closure and they don't deserve to wait a lifetime to get it..please.

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Marinerman1 03/26/14 - 09:09 am
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Correct Verdict...This Time

There is no question in my mind that this yak squeeze (insulting to the yak), should die for his crimes. Hopefully, he'll only get half the juice, and it will take some time before he consumes his last oxygen. And yes, we will have to wait for the execution to happen probably for many years.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 03/26/14 - 10:15 am
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He's getting off easy.

He's getting off easy.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/26/14 - 11:03 am
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I'm glad the jurors saw

I'm glad the jurors saw through the "insanity" defense. This guy made many calculated decisions during and after the murders. He is about as insane as my cat I see sitting on top of the satellite receiver.

brewert
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brewert 03/26/14 - 11:56 am
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About time

I want to thank everyone that was there for my family when we needed them Thank you to the jury for doing what was right. Yes 3 of my family members are gone but they will never leave our hearts. And a Huge thank you to the DA she was awesome.

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realitycheck09 03/26/14 - 12:06 pm
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my father & young fred

I can't speak to the people who were "thumbs-downing". What I can say is that lots of people do not believe the government should put someone to death in our names. We are the only industrialized country in the world that does that.

Having said that, if we are going to have a death penalty, this is the type of act and actor which warrants it. I could never agree with this punishment, but I can certainly understand why a jury (mind you, a jury only comprised of people willing to execute someone - those who are against the death penalty cannot serve) would come to the conclusion it did.

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raul 03/26/14 - 05:51 pm
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If there was any doubt in the

If there was any doubt in the jurors minds about the death penalty, I would bet when they found out the 5 year old he sexually assaulted, that doubt was eliminated.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/26/14 - 03:36 pm
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People that are against the

People that are against the death penalty have a way of changing their minds when their family members are victims of a terrible crime like this.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/26/14 - 04:27 pm
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Realitycheck

Thank you for your honesty and willingness to stand up for your opinion.

Almost immediately after hitting the "enter" button when writing my above statement, I returned to the picture of the perpetrator and asked myself "is this the just thing to do?".

It is a hard thing no doubt. Its a harder thing when we don't protect our loved ones. All life has worth, and the potential to be "turned around". At the same time, some have no intention of being "turned around". We have a duty to protect, and to send a message to those whom would so disregard the worth of another's life. Granted, in todays climate that message isn't as expeditious as it should be.

Your statement implies that the death penalty is uncivilized. I suggest the lack of death penalty implies a flaw in the industrialized countries of the world.

"Industrialized" implies an urban life free from the worry of bears and wolves. A civilized society at least tries to protect it's members from the wolves. When a man killer is caught, they are put down. It's nature. I weep for the wolf and simultaneously feel relief.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/26/14 - 05:03 pm
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"We are the only

"We are the only industrialized country in the world that does that."

Even if this is true, who cares?? I don't base, doing the right thing, upon whether someone else is doing the right thing!! I will do what I believe is right, based on what is right and wrong!! When a man premeditates and brutally murders ANYONE (not just 3 people) he does not deserve to continue living himself. It really is just that simple!! But left wing radicals have confused the issue, using such statements as "If we kill him, we are just as bad as him." This is such horsecrap!!!

Yes, I DO WANT the government to put him to death in MY NAME and I will say it loud and proud!! But more than me, in the name of the victim families and a decent, moral society!! We should NOT put up with such behavior!!

Also, Young Fred; I agree that people can change and hopefully he will while awaiting his sentence to be imposed. But that is between him and God!! If he makes it to heaven, I wouldn't question his repentence; because I trust God and His judgement. I KNOW that if he makes it, he was truly deeply sorry for what he did. But, since WE have no way of EVER knowing this for fact, then we should do the right thing; and in my opinion that is send him to He who created him. Let Him be the judge of his eternal soul!!

This man took no thought into brutally murdering 3 people AND trying to cover his crime. I wouldn't take any thought in taking his life in return!! But that's just me.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/26/14 - 06:21 pm
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Death Penalty

I have a few qualms about it, but with the civil liberties crowd, you can't adequately punish perps with a life sentence. I don't want to return to medieval punishments; but even the most heinous of offenders like this cat have to get x amount of exercise, mental stimulation, hygiene, etc. I think they should be locked up 24/7 with a shower in their cell. THAT is punishment.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/26/14 - 07:35 pm
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Who cares indeed?

But we do care, at least just a little bit, or else we wouldn't respond to the taunts!

I guess we could write paragraphs as to why the Europeans consider us "cowboys", snooting down their nose at us while we save their bacon.

Then again, under the current leadership, we've done all we can to "flit" around the serious issues of the day!

I never ever thought to seriously make this statement, but Jimmy Carter seems like a "He Man" compared to our current occupant.

And Putin knows it! As does China. As does the rest of the world.

Do you doubt me?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/26/14 - 09:09 pm
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its another day

" I don't want to return to medieval punishments"

Why not? "medieval " indeed?

I'll tell you why you are scared to include "medieval" punishments - because - get ready -

because "medieval" portrays a picture in your mind of slap crazy "religious" types.

Oh the power! of suggestion!!!

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