Three indicted for Athens home invasion


Darien Montrell Appling

By Joe Johnson

A Clarke County grand jury this week indicted three young men for an alleged home-invasion armed robbery at an eastside apartment complex nearly five months ago.

The defendants – one from Athens and the others from Oglethorpe County – allegedly entered a home at Fourth Street Village the afternoon of June 5 and at gunpoint stole from a male resident a bank card, cellphone, a key fob and a wallet, according to the indictment that was filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.


Joseph McElhannon

The victim was pistol-whipped during the incident, according to the indictment.

The defendants were identified in the court filing as Joseph McElhannon, 18, of Lexington, Maryon Davis, 17, of Crawford and Darien Montrell Appling, 20 of Northside Drive.

Each was charged in the indictment with armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.


Maryon Davis

The victim had told Athens-Clarke County police that a single, masked gunman had forced his way into his residence, but police said an investigation determined that the three defendants named in the indictment had been involved.

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