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Charges dismissed in Blackshear toddler death case

Special to SEGAZINE

Charges against a Blackshear man in the death of a toddler last August have been dismissed.Pierce County Magistrate Judge Glenda Dowling dismissed the charges against John Henry Guess, 27, Friday afternoon.Dowling issued her ruling saying the state “failed to prove” its allegations in the case. The ruling came the day after a hearing at the Pierce County Courthouse.Georgia State Patrol Trooper Terry Thrift, Blackshear Police Detective Tony Youmans, Warren and Patrick Moore gave testimony. Assistant district attorney J.D. Blevens represented the state, while Guess was represented by defense attorney John Thigpen, Sr.Evidence was presented that Guess was under the influence of marijuana and had run over the child. Thigpen, Guess’ attorney, said the incident was “a terrible, tragic, accident.”

via The Blackshear Times

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