Below is the statement from Lane College President Logan Hampton regarding the decision rendered against Brandon Banks:
“Lane College is aware that a conviction has been rendered against Brandon Banks who transferred to the College in August 2015. Lane College decided to extend unexpected mercy upon Brandon Banks and allowed him to continue his education while awaiting his fate in court.
While at Lane College, Brandon Banks has been a model student. He has been well-mannered and respectful and has fulfilled the requirements that were demanded of him. However, a verdict has been reached that disqualifies Brandon from being a member of the Lane College family. It breaks our hearts when young people make bad decisions. Nonetheless, we cannot give up on them as God did not give up on us.
I pray for the victim, her family and all injured in this heinous crime,” said Logan Hampton, President of Lane College. “I pray this decision will speed her healing.
We in the Christian community have a responsibility to the victim and the convicted. So, I pray for those guilty of committing this crime and that the punishment that they receive will serve society,” Hampton added. “May the grace of God abide with us, church and community; victims, supporters, and family; the convicted and adjudicated.
In that day, when we all shall be judged by our Heavenly Father, may it be said to each of us, as written in the Holy Bible in Matthew 25:34-36, 40, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. …Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt University football player charged in the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student.
After deliberating for about 15 hours, the jury on Friday evening found Brandon Banks guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. He was found not guilty on five other counts.
Banks was one of four ex-players charged with assaulting the woman.
Banks testified he was bullied into participating. Prosecutors dismissed the claim as an excuse made up because there was video evidence.
The victim took the stand in the trial, the fifth time she has testified in the rape.
Two of the ex-players were previously convicted and sentenced to 15 and 17 years in prison. The fourth has testified against his teammates and still awaits trial.
Banks was charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. His trial began Monday.
“There is a gun the state has now, I guess after six years they a dug up this gun somewhere,” Defense Attorney Jennifer Thompson said.
Attorneys for the defense motioned for a continuance saying they have not had a chance to inspect what could be presented as the murder weapon.
“All we have received are three pictures of the gun and an email telling us the caliber. We don’t know what the serial is or what the make and model of the model is and I think all of this is going to be important,” Thompson said.
Friday, Judge Creed McGinley denied the oral motion as two of the three suspected killers, Zach Adams and Dylan Adams, watched inside the courtroom.
“In particular I wanted to address any particular calls that might have been made between Mr. Adams in his council,” a lawyer for Zach Adams said.
Also, lawyers for both Zach and Dylan Adams motioned for certain evidence to be removed from the case.
“Motion to quash hereby overruled. I don’t see the relevance of medical visits, incident reports, gang affiliation and trust account but the rest of those items could be relevant,” Judge Creed McGinley said.
The ruling means some of the evidence will be allowed in Dylan Adams’ trial but the judge would not make a decision just yet for Zach Adams.
“It would be premature at this time because I don’t know what the proof will actually show so I can’t weigh those matters because I don’t know what might be admissible in this case,” Judge McGinley said.
Zach Adams, Dylan Adams and Jason Autry are charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 20-year-old nursing student, Holly Bobo.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Final jury selection takes place July 6. The trial begins July 10.
JACKSON, Tenn.-Jackson police arrest a man found with a gun inside Muse Park.
Officers told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News a witness spotted a man armed with a gun, just after 4 p.m.
For now, they are not sure if he planned on using the weapon, but he was arrested, with criminal charges now pending.
Lieutenant Phillip Standfill with the Jackson Police Department said they are not releasing the suspect’s name, at this time.
Investigators said he will be arraigned Monday.
Youth and leaders in Jackson took to the court today to stay healthy.
“They come out and mingle together,” Bridgett Parham, administrator of Parks and Recreation, said. “They participate in some physical activity such as playing basketball and three point competitions.”
During the summer, the Parks and Rec Department designs days to keep kids moving.
Reports from the CDC say 20 percent of kids in the United States are obese.
The Parks and Recreation Department want to battle these numbers.
They also want kids to think outside of the box when it comes to what counts as exercise.
“We try to incorporate a lot of fun things that the kids will enjoy themselves and keep moving at the same time,” said Parham.
Every kid agreed that the reason they play basketball is because it is fun.
Everyone who got on the court received a ribbon just for participating and each camp got a trophy to take back to their building.
But more than anything, organizers say they hope they are showing how fun staying active can be for everyone.
“Just anything you can do along with your children and spend quality time with them,” Parham said. “Just keep them moving.”
JACKSON, Tenn. — It is the time to gather your old prescriptions and papers with your personal information on them, because tomorrow you can safely get rid of them.
“Sometimes people think they can just flush them down the toilet, or poor them down the sink,” State Representative Jimmy Eldridge said. “Believe it or not, and my background is chemistry and biology, these drugs get in our waterways.”
Eldridge is hoping to combat that problem. With the help of local law enforcement and the division of consumer affairs, he is hosting the tenth annual shred and pill take back event at the Jackson Fairgrounds.
“The goal is to protect peoples identity, and let them feel comfortable that we are disposing their records and prescription drugs,” he said.
People can bring in anything from old utility bills, tax records or any other type of sensitive information they want shredded.
Eldridge said it can be dangerous if these types of documents fall into the wrong hands.
“(Identity theft) is a big problem all over the country, all over the state and the country, its a serious situation,” he said.
Cynthia Weil with the division of consumer affairs says it also helps our environment to properly dispose of pills and paper.
“Taking care of not only our identity, but our environment and the safety of our family and friends in the community,” she said.
The ‘Shred and Pill Takeback’ event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackson Fairgrounds Park.
All of the services are free to West Tennesseans.
JACKSON, Tenn.-Two women appear in court Friday, both charged in a fatal stabbing on Glendale Street.
Facing one count of second degree murder, Ebony Pruitt is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.
Her mother, Vernetta, is accused of tampering with evidence, allegedly hiding the knife, at another home nearby.
Her bond was set at $25,000.
Both, are still in custody.
JACKSON, Tenn.-Today’s rain, even though it was heavy at times did not stop the West Tennessee Veterans Committee from hosting its yearly fundraiser.
This is the fifth year for the event. Half chickens and bologna were sold today during the lunchtime fundraiser.
Members tell us this is the only time they raise money throughout the year.
“We try not to make it too hard on anybody. We’re not just going out begging for money and everything. We keep our cost down, we do most of it ourselves but there are some costs we have for the program,” said Marty Clements with the West Tennessee Veterans Committee.
The organization has programs later in the year to remember the signing of the armistice, which happened on November 11.
MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.-Deputies responded to an afternoon wreck off Cooper Anderson Road, Friday afternoon.
Deputies said a tow truck struck a tree just before noon, totaling the vehicle.
The collision caused the truck’s diesel tank to rupture.
Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner said they closed the road for as a precaution.
“We have 50 plus gallons of fuel spilled out here we are having to address and you now with the conditions how they are with the rain, fuel mixed with it its just extremely slick,” said Chief Turner.
No one was injured in the crash.
The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 6/22/17 and 7 a.m. on 6/23/17.
Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.