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Three indicted for Athens bat, knife assault

Paul Amire Ebow

By Joe Johnson

Three Athens residents were indicted this week in connection with a fight last year at Oak Hill Apartments in which a man was stabbed and he and his girlfriend were beaten with a baseball bat.

Krystal Inez Howard, 34, of Oak Hill Drive, and Crista Maxine Burton, 25, of Hull Road were each charged with one count of aggravated assault, according to the indictment that was filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

Crista Maxine Burton

Krystal Inez Howard

Paul Amire Ebow, 26, of Oak Hill Drive was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, the incident was reported the night of March 6, 2019 by a resident of the apartment complex who stated her son was being jumped by a group of seven to eight people, some of whom had guns.

When officers arrived, they reportedly found a 37-year-old Highland Park Drive man who had blood on his shirt, and his 29-year-old girlfriend who had a large red mark on her forehead, according to the report.

The male victim stated that he and Ebow were fighting about an altercation between Ebow and the victim’s niece that occurred earlier on Nellie B Avenue.

During the fight, the victim said he was stabbed in the back of the head by a female, according to police and his girlfriend was struck with a wooden baseball bat.

Ebow reportedly told police that the other man punched him first and when two females attempted to break up the fight more people became involved in the brawl, one a female who was swinging a baseball bat.

In the indictment, all three defendants are accused of assaulting the female victim with a bat, Ebow is charged with using a bat to assault the male victim, and Burton is accused of assaulting the male victim in the head with a sharp object.

The defendants were arrested the day of the incident and subsequently posted bond, according to court records.

They are scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 24.

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