Judging the county’s most serious crimes



As the criminal justice system inches closer to conducting trials stalled by the pandemic, the Burke County Judicial Center will soon host some of the county’s most serious criminal cases.

After a case is indicted, the matter will appear on a trial calendar until disposed of with a plea or a trial. Typically, the first day is referred to as the calendar call. The Judge goes through the entire calendar of cases receiving announcements from the State and the Defense as to how each side intends to proceed.

After the calendar call, if there are cases to be tried, the jury will often be summoned the next day.

All of the following cases are scheduled on Judge John Flythe’s April 18 jury trial calendar.

A Burke County grand jury indicted Kevin Findley, then 35 years old, September 2018, on allegations he molested a girl under the age of 16. After speaking to BCSO deputies over the phone the following month, Findley turned himself in on two felony charges of child molestation. The District Attorney’s office filed a notice of intent to seek recidivist punishment in January 2019. Represented by Attorney C. Scott Connell, Findley filed a consent order for mental evaluation in November 2021. The victim told law enforcement the sexual assault lasted from November 2010 to November 2012.

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Antonio Haynes was apprehended April 2019, by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at an apartment complex off Damascus Road in Augusta in connection with the April 2019 murder of 27-year-old Harry Fleming Jr.

The BCSO, joined by the Waynesboro Police Department, the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Richmond County Marshal’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Sardis Police Department and the Wrens Police Department, continued their hunt of the third suspect, Cyrus Mincey, who was captured in Bibb County that same week.

A third suspect, Antwan

Markivoues Tukes was taken into custody at the scene.

During a sentencing hearing, July 5, 2021, the prosecuting attorney stated that Tukes initially told three different stories accounting for Fleming’s fatal injury. Finally, he admitted that Mincey pulled the trigger of a .380 pistol that he received from Haynes earlier that morning.

Haynes is charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer. Mincey is charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Montrez Jerquail Griffin, then 19-years old, was initially charged with Aggravated Assault in the July 4, 2019 shooting of 19-year-old T’Rique K. McCollough. However, after undergoing surgery, McCollough later died. The BCSO charged Griffin and Vernon Donnell Rhodes Jr., then 16 years old, with murder.

According to sources within the community, it was thought that two females may have lured McCollough out of his residence and into a car where Rhodes was behind the wheel. Rhodes reportedly shot Mc- Collough in the neck. Sources say the victim was friends with Malik Harris, another teenager who was charged for the June 23, 2019, murder of 17-yearold Tybrelyn Kelly. They suspected Griffin and Rhodes acted in retaliation.

Charged with murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and eight counts of violating street gang terrorism and prevention laws, both men’s cases are scheduled on Judge John Flythe’s jury trial calendar. Griffin is also charged with possessing a firearm by a first offender probationer.

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The BCSO arrested Katorry Hankerson in connection to a September 2019 shooting on the 1000 block of Highway 56 North. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and 15 counts of unlawful street gang activity. Investigators also arrested Hankerson for another shooting on the 100 Blk. of Horseshoe Circle that took place March 2019. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and unlawful street gang activity.

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Kaliyah Rashonda Fields, 19, and Bromekis Dashon Anthony, 25, were arrested by Burke County deputies in connection to a Sept. 24, 2020, shooting in the area of Grubbs and Walker streets. According to reports, the incident took place just after 8 p.m., and the victim notified authorities he had been shot and robbed. He was transported to Augusta University Medical Center by Burke County EMA for nonlife threatening injuries.

Both Fields and Anthony are charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Anthony was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or first offender.

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During the early morning hours of November 7, 2021, WPD officers responded to a shooting at an apartment on Dowell Avenue. At the scene, they found Marquel Tarber deceased in the front yard. Johnathon Terrell Hughes was detained Nov. 23, 2021, in connection with the shooting. He was later charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Jason Allen Cuyler was also charged in connection with the incident, but his case is not on Judge Flythe’s April 18 jury trial calendar.

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Also on the April 18 trial calendar, but scheduled for a bench trial June 9, is former Burke County Magistrate Judge Alois Carl Hrabovsky.

Hrabovsky, incarcerated since his arrest in 2019, is charged with a felony charge of sexual exploitation of children, a felony charge of criminal solicitation and a misdemeanor charge of furnishing tobacco products to minors. He resigned from his post as judge on July 12, 2019, after notification of the investigation against him by the GBI and the BCSO. He was appointed to his judgeship in January 2017.

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In a separate calendar call, convicted murderer Willie Palmer is scheduled on Judge Amanda Heath’s April 18 calendar call roll.

Palmer will be retried for the Sept. 10, 1995, murders of his wife Brenda Palmer, 31, and stepdaughter Christine Jenkins, 15. The women were fatally shot in a Vidette residence. The Georgia Supreme Court issued an order in 2020, adopting a consent agreement to hear the case for a fifth time. Soon, a jury will decide his sentencing; life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.

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