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18-year-old convicted of '06 murder, robbery

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted a young man of felony murder and armed robbery for killing a man when he was 15 years old.

Antoine M. Thaxton, now 18, was found guilty of the crimes committed May 28, 2006, when 33-year-old Jason Harrington was shot at the door of an apartment on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Mr. Harrington died 12 days later.

During the trial, which began last week and continued Tuesday morning, witnesses testified they recognized Mr. Thaxton as the gunman who demanded money from Mr. Harrington. Witnesses also testified that when he was arrested at his grandmother's North Carolina home, Mr. Thaxton said he might have shot the man, but "he died on his own."

Mr. Thaxton faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the murder conviction. The armed robbery and weapon convictions could add 15 years to life.

Car-truck collision kills speeding woman

An Evans woman was killed Tuesday after her vehicle hit a truck on Furys Ferry Road near Hardy McManus Road.

Ella Sikes, 57, of the 1000 block of Waltons Pass, died about 3 p.m. from internal and head injuries, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriet Garrison said.

Ms. Sikes was speeding in a Chevy Cobalt about 10:30 a.m. and ran a stop sign at Hardy McManus Road, said Columbia County sheriff's Sgt. A.J. Lyons. After turning right onto Furys Ferry Road, she crossed into the center lane and struck a Ford truck, Sgt. Lyons said. The truck is owned by White Brothers Warehouse Inc. on Gordon Highway.

The driver of the truck was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with minor injuries and was released Tuesday, according to a hospital spokesperson. The wreck halted traffic on Furys Ferry Road for about 45 minutes.

3-day furlough forced on Aiken Tech faculty

AIKEN --- Aiken Technical College announced Tuesday that all faculty and staff would take a three-day furlough in April to accommodate a 7 percent budget cut from the state last week.

The days will be taken during spring break, April 6-10, and the pay would be taken from February, March and April's pay so checkbooks don't feel the hit all at once, college President Dr. Susan Winsor said. Four staff members were let go this week.

Dr. Winsor also announced that the paralegal program would be phased out as students graduated, but other programs would not be affected until the school could conduct a study over the next six to eight months.

The school has lost 24.4 percent of its state funding since July, $1.1 million.

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rufus
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rufus 12/17/08 - 06:45 am
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Sounds like a well educated

Sounds like a well educated young man

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 12/17/08 - 07:18 am
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Yes...we all die "on our

Yes...we all die "on our own"...some are just more helped along than others. Another murderer-child in jail. A good start.

getalife
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getalife 12/17/08 - 08:27 am
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A new "defense tactic". I

A new "defense tactic". I thought the one by Brian Nichols where he thought he was a slave and the judge was the slave owner, was the best, but the "died on his own" beats that.

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georgiasky 12/17/08 - 08:31 am
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"Mr. Thaxton said he might

"Mr. Thaxton said he might have shot the man, but "he died on his own."

Shows a great deal of remorse doesn't it? He deserves everything the justice system can throw at him.

thisreallysucks
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thisreallysucks 12/17/08 - 09:26 am
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Thaxton's remark probably

Thaxton's remark probably came from a song he liked which glorifed those negative elements in society. Notice that he was arrested at his Grandmother's home. Where was Mom? Where was Dad? Yes, he did the crime and there is no defense, but what MUST be done to stop the next one. End illegitimacy and end a culture of irresponsibility. Let's see if that kind of "change" will come form Washington!

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I4PUTT 12/17/08 - 09:30 am
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Not from Obama. Ever noticed

Not from Obama. Ever noticed when he was born versus his parents wedding date? This is not an issue in today's society.

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Concerned Citizen 12/17/08 - 10:45 am
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Not every child that is

Not every child that is raised by grandparents and not parents, or those born out of wedlock grow up to be "bad children". It is all in the way the person is raised and even then you are praying your child take what was instilled in them and apply it. So your comments make no sense.

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patriciathomas 12/17/08 - 11:31 am
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I noticed 14putt, that's what

I noticed 14putt, that's what makes the birth certificate controversy moot.

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thisreallysucks 12/17/08 - 12:20 pm
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Concerned, my comments make

Concerned, my comments make absolute sense. Positive grandparent involvement makes an incredible difference in all our lives. Yet, you cannot discount the great value of having a mom and dad in the home. Sure unfortunate situations destroy this ideal, yet blindly choosing to have babies without regard to parenting them is a crime to the child and society. Illegitimacy is a burden on society and is choking the chances we all have for a better future. Unfortunately, it has become "culterally insensitve" to mention this fact.

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ikaika 12/17/08 - 02:31 pm
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As far as I know the MOM put

As far as I know the MOM put him on a bus to his grandmothers in N.C.. I think she should be charged with aidding. He also keep saying he is going to get the snitch. Well still to this day he dont know who it is.

This kid needs to burn. Ignorant people like this should be punished to the full extent. The 2 girls who showed up that know him. Teenage girls. They should have not been there but then again it showed the type of crowed he was mixed in. They sat there and carried on like they were at the mall. Ummm Hello this is a murder trial and a friend is getting tried for life. They didnt even seem to care. What is wrong with the younger generation today. They have no concern for life of others and it seems they dont even think of the consequences of their actions.

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VisionKill 12/17/08 - 02:41 pm
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Only 2 girls showed up on

Only 2 girls showed up on Antoine Thaxton's side to witness the murder trial. Very strange though, they were sitting there smiling and giggling during the trial. Thaxton just sat there without any emotions during the whole thing. I'm glad justice was served, and sad to lose a lifelong friend.
Jason worked for the First Baptist church and I'm sure he is still being missed.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen 12/17/08 - 05:14 pm
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Again, not every child raised

Again, not every child raised by someone other than their parents or out of wedlock end up as bad children. No one ever said a two parent home and involvement was not ideal. The parents may have died, they may have a terminal illness, it could be a number of things that may keep a parent away. How is having a baby out of wedlock a burden on society especially if you are not asking the government for help? Maybe I just don't get it and if that is the case please enlighten me because I am no where near perfect. In fact I had a child out of wedlock, and my child does nothing to get into trouble and has never made anything less than an A on his report card. I can not speak for everyone but the comment just does not apply to everyone is all I was saying.

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Concerned Citizen 12/17/08 - 05:15 pm
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O, and I do not get any type

O, and I do not get any type of assistance. I work and go to school.

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