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Indictments handed down in waitress death, local murder

A grand jury indicted two people last week in connection with two 2004 high profile deaths in McDuffie County.

Jurors indicted Keshia Lashell Askew on two counts vehicular homicide in the second degree, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane related to the September 2004 accident that killed a Waffle House waitress.

At the time of the accident, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Powell Allen told The McDuffie Mirror the 18-year-old Crawfordville woman lost control of a Chevrolet Caprice while pulling on to Washington Road from North Seymour Drive. Heavy rains from the remnants of hurricane Frances caused slippery conditions that he said contributed to the accident.

Teresa Ann Carlisle, 40, was killed in the accident and two other people were injured. The restaurant remained closed for weeks while crews repaired the building.

Also, jurors indicted a 30-year-old Thomson man on murder charges in the March 6, 2004 death of Barbara Hefner.

Dannie Lee Samuels was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery, and concealing the death of another person.

Ms. Hefner's body was found in Folly Lake in north McDuffie County March 6, 2004. Reports indicate Ms. Hefner was killed in her home before her body was dumped in the lake. According to the indictments, Ms. Hefner died as the result of strangling with hands and a ligature.

Mr. Samuels and Ms. Hefner both worked at Augusta Coating and Manufacturing in Thomson.

Web posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005


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