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Houston found guilty of robbery, kidnapping

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Following a two-day trial, a jury found a man guilty of serious charges stemming from a beating and robbery inside a Shelbyville home last May.

Emmanuel Bibb Houston, 39, was found guilty of especially aggravated kidnapping, facilitation of especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated burglary.

The kidnapping charge is a Class A felony, which must be served at 100 percent -- without possibility of parole -- Shelbyville police detective Sgt. Brian Crews said.

Crews praised the work of assistant district attorney Mike Randles in the case, saying he was instrumental in bringing Houston to justice.

The kidnapping charge carries a possible 15 to 25 years, while the robbery and burglary counts may result in prison terms of eight to 12 years at 30 percent for each count, Randles said.

Houston is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler on March 18.

Could go for deal

Five other defendants in the case still face charges. Now that Houston has been found guilty, Randles said while some may choose a trial, it is likely that they will "reevaluate their situation" and reenter negotiations for a plea deal.

Those facing charges are:

* Samantha Glen Houston, 27, accused of especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated robbery - conspiracy, especially aggravated kidnapping, possession of a firearm with intent to go armed.

* Latorria Oshae McCord, 20, especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated robbery - conspiracy, possession of a firearm with intent to go armed.

* Ericka Nicole Myrick, 26, especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated robbery - conspiracy, especially aggravated kidnapping.

* Alicia Brianne Jones, 27, especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated robbery - conspiracy.

* Deonta Deshawn Twilley, 22, especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated robbery - conspiracy, especially aggravated kidnapping.

Attack details

The incident for which Houston was convicted began when Myrick, McCord and Samantha Houston were at the residence of Greg Marlin on Hawkins Drive last Spring. Marlin told police he believed Myrick sent a text message to Emmanuel Houston accusing Marlin of "slandering" him.

According to a report by Shelbyville officer Jarred Frazier, Emmanuel and Twilley arrived at Marlin's home about 11 p.m. that night and attacked him, with Houston striking Marlin with a wooden baseball bat and hitting him several times in the ribs and once atop the head.

The police report claimed Twilley pointed a handgun at Marlin while Emmanuel Houston tied his arms and legs together with a vacuum cord. Then Samantha Houston allegedly stole some of Martin's belongings including $800 in cash, a flat screen television, a bag of marijuana and his cell phone

Marlin suffered a collapsed lung, broken rib and a severe head laceration and all six suspects fled and were arrested when their SUV was stopped in Murfreesboro.

-- T-G copy editor David Melson contributed to this report.