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POSTED: June 11, 2008 5:00 a.m.
The state vs. Christopher Jamal Fletcher
Fletcher entered a not guilty plea on May 19 in Superior Court of Liberty County. The Liberty County grand jury handed out four true bills against Fletcher in February for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery and sexual assault at the Ok Cha Beauty supply store on West Oglethorpe Highway last March.
Fletcher faces one count of armed robbery, one count aggravated assault, one count aggravated sodomy and one count of possession of a knife during the commission of a felony. Fletcher was arrested just hours after he allegedly robbed and sexually assaulted the clerk at Ok Cha around 12:30 p.m. last March 13.
Fletcher, 23, and a native of Texas, had been staying with relatives in Hinesville.
He was arrested at a home off Becky Street after the Hinesville Police Department received an anonymous tip. Also, a search of a blue duffle bag found in the area of the robbery contained paperwork with Fletcher's name and information on it.
According to a police report, a man fitting Fletcher's description, brandishing a kitchen knife, committed the crimes.
At one point, the victim was reportedly choked when the offender became angry the knife broke.
The woman was treated at the scene by Liberty County EMS.
An estimated $300 in cash and coins, a set of grill teeth and some jewelry were taken.
The family of the victim filed a Georgia Victims Impact Statement with the clerk of county courts in October.
The statement declares the victim continues to be fearful, has withdrawn from public outings and the incident has changed the entire family's life. The victim reportedly is unable to work and had to seek counseling since the incident, costing the family money in counseling fees and lost wages.
Fletcher is being held in the Liberty County Regional Jail.

The state versus Calvin Holmes
Holmes pled not guilty on one count of aggravated child molestation and two counts of child molestation where. Family members alleged he molested a young child last May. According to the family, the child reported being touched inappropriately and was made to do "bad things."
The Liberty County Sheriff's Department was called and the child was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center where a technician from Savannah collected evidence from the child and her clothing. Holmes is currently out on bond.

The state versus Dominique Dowling

Dowling is scheduled to have a hearing before Superior Court Judge David Cavender on June 4. Dowling faces six counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation for reportedly molesting a minor from January to December 2006, according to court documents. The grand jury passed the true bills on all counts on Sept. 13. Dowling entered a plea of not guilty in December. He had posted bond for $27,900 but that was revoked on April 1, and he was sent back to jail.
 

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