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Trio charged with Athens carjacking

By Joe Johnson

Two men and a woman have been indicted for an armed carjacking that occurred in Athens last year.

Austin Hunter McInvale, 26, Christopher Eugene Nixon, 26, and Kayla Nicole Starnes, 28, were accused in the indictment of participating in the armed theft of a 2002 Honda Accord from 36-year-old Jeremiah Cooper on Aug. 23, 2023.

McInvale was indicted for hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and, for pistol-whipping the victim, aggravated assault.

Nixon and Starnes were charged in the indictment with being parties to the crimes of hijacking a motor vehicle and aggravated assault.

The indictment was filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

Austin Hunter McInvale
Christopher Eugene Nixon

Nixon, of Rolling Ridge Drive, has been in custody since Nov. 26, and McInvale, who is from McDonough, was arrested on Dec. 23.

Starnes remained at large as of Thursday.

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Why is there not a picture of the woman who has been indicted ? Has she not been arrested ?

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If you had read the story you would not be asking this question


I see drugs in this story. Don't exactly know how 'cause I haven't read the script. This story should remind us all that crime sees no color. Bad is bad.


You risk getting arrested or shot stealing a 20 year old car? What am I missing?

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This is Clarke County, there are no repercussions for committing crimes.

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