Originally created 08/17/99

Family faces more charges



Five more burglary charges have been brought against a woman whose husband drowned while eluding authorities last week.

Debbie Stevenson now is facing 17 burglary charges in Columbia and McDuffie counties.

She was charged Monday in McDuffie County burglaries at Thomson Moose Lodge, Duck's, International Paper, Interstate Equipment Co. and Young's Auto Recyclers, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike Seigler.

"And additional charges may be forthcoming," he said.

Mrs. Stevenson was arrested two days after her 41-year-old husband, Jimmy Stevenson, apparently drowned when he jumped into Thurmond Lake after being pursued by deputies who found him inside Little River Marina at about 1 a.m. Aug. 9.

Officials have linked the Stevensons, an uncle, Everett Barrett, and the uncle's girlfriend, 17-year-old Candi Hope Powell, to more than 30 area burglaries dating back to April 12 -- at least 20 in McDuffie County, 11 in Columbia County and others in Wilkes, Lincoln, Jefferson and Warren counties.

Mrs. Stevenson, 32, of the 400th block of Edgar Circle, Thomson, was taken into custody Wednesday, charged in three McDuffie County burglaries. She also faces nine charges in Columbia County, including the burglary at Little River Marina the morning her husband drowned.

"She was driving the car to drop them off to burglarize, and then she would pick them up," said McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall, who is holding Mrs. Stevenson in the local jail.

McDuffie County authorities Monday also brought an additional charge against Mr. Barrett, 33, in the burglary at Thomson Moose Lodge. He was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with three counts of burglary in McDuffie County. On Wednesday, five additional burglary charges were brought against him in Columbia County. He is being held in the McDuffie County jail without bond.

Miss Powell, of the 100 block of Wisham Road,Thomson, also was arrested Wednesday, charged in the burglary of Martin Marietta Aggregates in Columbia County County. Her bond was set at $10,050.

Melissa Hall can be reached at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 113, or melhall@augustachronicle.com.