Grand jury indicts 25
Published 9:25 pm Thursday, December 14, 2017
A Franklin man was indicted by the grand jury Wednesday on attempted murder and other charges connected with an August stabbing.
Jacob Richard Zeno, 19, and James Kenneth Rhoten Jr., 29, both are charged in the crime.
According to court documents, the two are brothers.
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The victim, a 22-year-old man, and other witnesses told police that the two went to where their sister and her boyfriend were early on the morning of Aug. 21. They believed that their sister was in danger of being hit by her boyfriend or that he had already done so, the court documents state.
An altercation ensued when they arrived, and Rhoten and Zeno are accused of stabbing the man and beating him with a blunt object.
They then left the scene, but a traffic stop was conducted soon afterward. Police found two knives and a boxcutter in the vehicle, according to the court documents.
The victim was still in intensive care on Sept. 4 after suffering a number of complications, court documents state. In recorded phone calls from jail, the men are heard laughing about the victim’s injuries with family members.
Police also learned through listening in to the phone calls that the men had discussed the assault prior to its occurrence and that they were trying to convince witnesses not to testify.
Rhoten was indicted by the grand jury in October on charges of aggravated malicious wounding, conspiracy to commit a felony and shoot, stab, cut or wound.
Zeno was one of 25 defendants indicted by the grand jury this week on 27 charges.
The full grand jury list is below.
Kevon Artis — credit card theft
Qasim Sahih Azeezudin — possession of heroin with intent to distribute; distribute heroin (3 counts); distribute fentanyl (4 counts); possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute; possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
Kelly M. Blythe — drive while intoxicated, fourth or subsequent offense within 10 years; reckless driving
Travon V. Brooks — malicious wounding
Terrell Keith Brown — fail to stop at accident with injuries
Tenille Evette Daniels — obtain drug by fraud
Vontay Jennings — nonviolent felon possess gun, more than 10 years
Jeffery O’Brien Kelly — malicious wounding
Clarence Anthony King IV — possess cocaine
Shemeka Renee Lewis — eluding police, endangerment
Dan Carol Miller Jr. — possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, more than ½ ounce to less than 5 pounds
Tory Donnell Newell — obtain money by false pretenses
Marcelino Romero — abduction
Kevon Lamar Rountree — nonviolent felon possess gun within 10 years; possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, more than ½ ounce to less than 5 pounds
Kenton Darnell Sears Jr. — embezzlement, more than $200
Eric Dwayne Smith — bomb/burn threat
Michael Dale Smith Jr. — fail to stop at accident, more than $1,000, felony
Marcellus Lovell Stokes — credit card fraud; credit card theft; identity theft; obtain money by false pretenses
Nathanial Samuel Svendsen — embezzlement, more than $200
Britney Shavell Wade — obtain money by false pretenses
Leon Louis Warren — possess cocaine
Dennis Whitehead — habitual offender, second offense
Jeannette Wilson — concealment, third offense
Jacob Richard Zeno — attempted murder; aggravated malicious wounding; conspiracy to commit aggravated malicious wounding
Karl Alexander Ziemann — abduction; strangle causing wound or injury; malicious wounding; unauthorized use of vehicle