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Publication: Aiken Standard February 26, 2011

Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 26, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina a The Aiken. Business Card Directory Saturday February 26,2011 taitob Today's Weather 4Blr _ 40° 65° Full forecast 18C Vol. 145, No. 57\oiir Loral Sourer Stnct* 1867 =^,====1 www.aikenstandard.com 500Jackson found guilty of murderJury deliberates for six hours in drug-related case; sentencing set for Monday By ANNA D0LIANI7IS Staff writer After deliberating for six hours Friday afternoon and evening, just before 9:30 p.m. a jury found 20-year-old Tevon Jackson guilty of the 2008 murder of 21-year-old Marcus Finklin. Jackson was found guilty of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Judge Doyet “Jack” Early decided to hold off on sentencing until Monday in General Sessions court because of the late timing of the verdict. Witnesses over the course of the three-day trial said that Jack son fatally shot Finklin in the head and robbed him of drugs and money in the early morning hours of June 4, 2008. Finklin’s body was found in the driver's seat of his car by an Aiken Public Works employee working in the Dry Branch Road area on June 4. Jackson admitted to riding w ith Finklin to complete a drug deal in the late evening hours of June 3 but said that Finklin dropped him off and did not pick him up later like he said he would. He said he heard the next morning that Finklin had been killed. “I never killed Marcus. I never would kill him. I’ve never thought about it,” Jackson said in his testimony Friday. During the trial, Jackson’s neighbor, Jose Serrano, testified that in the early hours of June 4, Jackson remarked that he wanted to rob Finklin after seeing Finklin’s car drive by. Please see MUR0ER, page 16A JacksonBank holdup or beer run? Mims ■ Alleged robber halts his getaway to pop into a . supermarket and pick up a 12-pack. By KAREN DAILY Staff writer Stopping for a 12-pack of Natural Ice proved to be a costly mistake for an Augusta man w ho police said fid tip nn Aiken hank Friday afternoon and then drove to a nearby grocer) store for beer and fruit juice. Marvin Thomas Mims, 43, of Augusta, has been jailed for bank robber) . The 43-year-old Georgia man had been out of jail for about a month for robber)* by intimidation and first-degree forgery in Augusta and was wearing an ankle bracelet when Aiken Public Safety officers say he nibbed the Security Federal on Richland Avenue. Silver Bluff girls battle for Lower State title ► Silver Bluffs girts basketball team is playing today for the Class AA Lower Stale tide against Timberland 11BSam itefliB Blanche Sizemore, Windsor John T. "Jack" McMurtrie, Aiken Julie Hildebrandt Bohlmann, Aiken Kathryn Vivian Smart Asheville, N.C. The Rev. Joseph J. Hightower, Columbia Deaths and funerals I BA [(A Calendar 6C Classifieds 2D Crossword 6C Combs JC Dear Abby 6C Horoscopes 6C Markets 15A ' uu ■ I Movie Listings 6C Nation/War'd 15A Puzzles * 60 Sporta IB TV Listings 2C SHUH To view wi on the scene interview with Sgt Aaron Dowdy, visit www. eikenetandsrd com/astv WOK tH Staff photo by Michael Gibbons APPS detective Keith Glover removes beer from the supect's truck. About 2:45 p.m. a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. He was unaimed or at least did not threaten the use* of a weapon, officials said. He received an undisclosed amount of money and was seen running from the bank to a parking lot across the street where he was seen get ting into a blue Ford Ranger pickup truck Police Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said an alen resident who saw the robbery called Aiken Public Safety and was able to provide police with detailed information that included the vehicle the robber was dm mg and where he was headed. Police learned Mims bncf- Hiebland Ave Security Federal V Staff photo by Rob Novit Johnny Johnson, left is the new manager of Harvey Industries Die-Cast Company. He's joined by Doug Azbell, vice president of sales for Phelon, which will continue with its electronics operation. Phelon sells part of Aiken facility ly entered the Food Lion grocery store in Kalona Playa and then left the parking lot in the truck. Plea Mi see BANK, page I6A By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Michigan-based Harvey Industries has acquired the die-casting component of the R.E. Phelon Co. and is now sharing the Aiken facility w ith Phelon’s remaining electronics div ision. The new management team took over the die-cast division Feb I, and the sale was formally announced Friday. The Harv ey firm has installed Johnny Johnson as general manager of the newly-named Harvey Industries Die-Casting LLC. He started his career at Phelon in 1979 and spent 11 years at the plant in his first stay. “As my wife says, we have come home,” said Johnson, who had maintained a residence in Trenton since leaving the area. Please see PHELON, page 16A Area school kids get hands-on with history at Battle of Aiken Staff photo by Rob Novit Aiken residents Jenna Potvin, 5, and her older sister, Jesse, 13, have been involved as re-enactors their entire lives. By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Aiken resident Jesse Pot-v in, 13, and her 5-year-old sister, Jenna, have literally grown up as C iv ii War reenact ors thanks to their dad Mike, who got started nearly two decades ago. A mechanical engined al the Savannah River Site, Mike brought his family to the Battle of Aiken kid's day event Friday, prior to the main program today and tomorrow. Jessa gave a formal presentation to v lsitors about Pauline Decaradeuc Heyward, the daughter of a wealthy French man who had settled in Montmorenci before the war. At the age of 19, Heyward began a journal that in part described some of the struggles the family endured during the war. “It’s tun to grow 141 doing this,” said Jessa. “It’s nice to research and see and look hack at history. I can see what God has done ” Hundreds of children rn the Aiken-Augusta area and beyond turned out fur the kids’ program. One re-enactor, Kau-lyn Parnell, came all the way from Cinc innati with her family to dress in period costume. PIMM Me BATTLE, page ISA Want to go? ► What? The Battle of Aiken re-enactment ► When? Today and Sunday starring at 8:30 a m.; battle re-enactment starts at 2.30 p.m. both days > Where? Confederate Memorial Park, 1210 Powell Pond Road, Aiken > How much? Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and ages 5 and younger get in free 9*0000 1*"9 SUNBELT NISSAN 45 Years of Customer Satisfaction New and Certified Pre-Owned Nissans for less...up to $11,000 off MSRP. 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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: February 26, 2011

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