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December 13, 2013

Berea man indicted in business robbery, burglaries


A Madison grand jury indicted a Berea man Wednesday on charges involving a robbery at Dollar General and three business burglaries in October.

In two indictments, Daimon W. Mardis, 21, was charged with first-degree robbery, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, three counts of third-degree burglary and first-degree persistent felony offender

Mardis could receive a maximum of life in prison if he is convicted of the robbery charge, which is enhanced because he has previously been convicted of two or more felonies.

Mardis is accused of entering the Dollar General store in Berea on Oct. 28 and demanding money from an employee while brandishing a handgun, according to the indictment and a Berea police report.

Shortly after the robbery, BPD officers stopped Mardis who was walking nearby on Oak Street. The officers reported Mardis had a large amount of cash in his pants pocket, and a silver handgun was found lying in the roadway several feet from Mardis.

The officers also found a purple bandana, similar to what the robber reportedly used to mask his face, lying on the ground nearby, according to the BPD.

Officers said Mardis confessed to the robbery.

The BPD also found items reported stolen in three recent burglaries of Berea businesses in Mardis’ home. He was charged with burglarizing Jazzy Jewels by Linda and Jeff’s Home and Hearth on Oct. 17.

Mardis also is accused of burglarizing Compucreate on Oct. 25, according to the indictment.

Other indictments handed down Wednesday were:

• Matthew D. Lamb, 19, manufacturing methamphetamine

• Anthony Edward Cox, 37, first-degree bail jumping

• Walter Harris Jones Jr., 45, theft by failure to make required disposition of property (less than $10,000)

• Christine L. Heath, 42, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (Tramadol) and aggravated operating a motor vehicle while impair (first offense)

• Michelle K. Cornett, 30, second-degree burglary and second-degree persistent felony offender

• Michael J. Harrison, 28, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse

• Amanda N. Griffey, 21, theft by deception

• Michael A. Gregory, 32, first-degree promoting contraband, second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana

Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.


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