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Men enter pleas of not guilty to murder

Three men charged in the December robbery and death of a Thomson man pleaded not guilty in Superior Court on July 14.

Jatheus D'Mario Bennett of Dearing, Calvin Curtis of Harlem and Dexter Jones of Augusta are charged with malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Kenneth James "Kenny" Johnson, of Greenbrier Road, was shot near his home on the night of Dec. 19, police said. He died early the next day at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Also pleading not guilty was Gregory Louis Morris of Maxeys, Ga., who is charged in the death of his uncle, Pate Morris. The 79-year-old musician and farmer was found in the driveway of his home on White Oak Campground Road on Nov. 16. He had been shot several times, authorities said.

Gregory Morris is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

David Roy Hawkins, a former Thomson volunteer firefighter, pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft by taking.

Hawkins, who had been a volunteer firefighter since 1977 and as an assistant fire chief since 1991, was accused of taking items worth about $5,000 from the Sears store in Thomson while he worked there part time.

Web posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011

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