Aiken Standard, February 26, 2011

Aiken Standard

February 26, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 26, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina mmrnmmmmm^ wm mmm TODAY:Business Card Directory '.fi 'J lit 'I Saturday February 26,2011 Vol. 145, No. 57Yo il r L o e a I S (> ii r' c è S i ii ( • c ===== == 8() Today*^ Weather High Low 40» Full forecast 18C 500Jackson found guilty of murderJury deliberates for six hours in drug-related case; sentencing set for Monday By ANNA DOLIANITiS Staff writer After deliberating for six hotirs 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 weappn 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 Diy Branch Road area on June 4. Jackson admitted to riding with 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 MURDER, page 16A JacksonBank holdup or beer run? ■ 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 who police said Id-niTtifi' Aiken bank Friday afternoon and then drove to a nearby grocery store for beer and fruit juice. Marvin Thomas Mims, 43, of Augusta, has been jailed for bank robbeiy. The 43-year-old Georgia man had been out of jail for about a month for robbery by intimidation and first-degree forgery in Augusta and was wearing an ankle bracelet when'Aiken Public Safety officers say he robbed the Security Federal on Richland Avenue. to iûfâ Sßfö!© MimsSilver Bluff giris battle for Lower State title ► Silver Bluffs giris" basketball team is playing tcxlay for tfie Class AA Lower State title against Timberiand. 11B Blanche Sizemore, Windsor John T. "Jack" McMurtrle, Aiken Julia Hildebrandt Bohlmann, Aiken Kathryn Vivian Smart Asheville, N.C The Rev. Joseph J. Hightower, Columbia Deaths and funerals 16A [jasKtä [jasKtä Calendar 6C Classifieds 2D Crossword 6C Comics 5C Dear Abby 6C Horoscopes 6C Markets 15A Movie Listings 6C Nation/World 15A Puzzles . 6C Sports IB TV Listings 2C TV i i. To view an on-the-scene interview with Sgt. Aaron Powdy, visit www. Staff photo by Michael Gibbons ADPS detective Keith Glover removes beer from the supect's truck. About 2:45 p.m. a man entered the ba^ and handed the teller a note demanding money. He was unarmed 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 sfreet where he was seen get ting into a blue Ford Ranger pickup truck. Police Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said an alert resident who, ^ saw the robbery called Aik6n Public Safety and was able to provide police with detailed information that included the vehicle the robber was driving and where he was headed. Police learned Mims brief ly entered the Food Lion grocery store in Kalmia Plaza and then left the parking lot in the truck. Please see BANK, page 16A 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 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 with Phelon's remaining electronics division. The new management team took over the die-cast division Feb. 1, and the sale was formally announced Friday. The Harvey 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, Jessa, 13, have been involved as re-enactors their entire lives. By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Aiken resident Jessa Potvin, 13, and her 5-year-old sister, Jenna, have literally-grown up as Civil War re-enactors - thanks to their dad Mike, who got started nearly two decades ago. A mechanical engineer at 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 visitors about Pauline Decaradeuc Heyward, the daughter of a wealthy French man who had settled in Mont-morenci before the war. At the age of 19, Heyward began a journal that in part described some of the straggles the family endured during the war. "It's fun to grow up doing this," said Jessa. "It's nice to research, and see and look back at history. I can see what God has done." Hundreds of children in the Aiken-Augusta area and beyond turned out for the kids' program. One re-enactor, Kait-lyn Pamell, came all the way from Cincinnati with her family to dress in period costume. Please see BATTLE, page 16AWant to go? ► What? The Battle of Aiken re-enactment ► When? Today and Sunday starting 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? 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