2005-08-04 / Front Page

Evans indicted by grand jury on murder charges

The Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted Lawrence Curtis Evans, Jr., 37, of Elbert County on charges of malice murder and felony murder for his role in the shooting death of Rickie F. Lavender, Sr., 43, of Lincolnton.

The grand jury convened Thursday, July 28, at the Lincoln County Courthouse, with Judge Harold Hinesley presiding.

During the proceedings, Evans was also indicted on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of kidnapping, and five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of February 27, 2005. At around 5 a.m., deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were notified that a man had been shot at his residence on Fisherman’s Lane. Upon their arrival on the scene, law enforcement officials and EMS personnel found Lavender dead from a gunshot wound.

According to Gary Nicholson, special agent in charge of the Thomson Office of the GBI, “Mr. Evans allegedly shot Mr. Lavender and then kidnapped his (Mr. Evan’s) ex-wife who was at the scene. After dropping off the woman unharmed at his stepmother’s house in Elbert County, Mr. Evans reportedly took an overdose of medications. A relative called EMS, and he was taken to the hospital where he was arrested later that day and transported to the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Center.”

Evans is being held in the law enforcement center without bond.

Other indictments handed down by the grand jury were as follows:

Craigory Parks and James Merriweather, four counts of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (VGCSA) [possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute].

Christopher Jefferies, child molestation and statutory rape.

Gavin Butts, child molestation.

Tammy Land, theft by taking.

John Lee Lewis, Jr., theft by shoplifting, obstruction of an officer, and simple battery.

George S. Stokes, one count of VGCSA (possession of cocaine), two counts of DUI, one count of driving with a suspended license, and one count of violation of the open container law.

James G. Wilder, one count of aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation, one count of statutory rape, and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Carl Walker, one count of aggravated assault, one count of burglary, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes.

In a separate case, Walker was also indicted on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Nemarco Bennett, theft by taking (felony) and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

A.J. Harris, simple battery.

Joseph Leroy, simple battery.

Lou Ella McKellar, aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

Gerald Parks, robbery and battery.

Courtney Partlow, aggravated battery.

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