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Final two arrests made in JSU rape investigation

Ashleigh Crouch, News Correspondent

Two additional suspects were charged in with second-degree rape in connection with the series of reported statutory rapes that allegedly occurred in and around JSU.

According to Jay Harrington, an investigator in the Calhoun-Cleburne Major Crimes Unit, the two additional suspects were both arrested on Monday, Sept. 30, bringing the total of suspects up to twelve.

Harrington confirmed that Monday’s arrest are expected to be the last ones connected to this case and that there are no more outstanding warrants. 

All of the eleven people charged with second-degree rape involve the same victim, and the charge of second-degree sodomy involves a second victim.

On Sept. 20, the names and mugshots of nine suspects arrested in connection with the case were released by the Calhoun County Jail.

Those names are James Lyle, 19, charged with second-degree rape; Walker Harris, 18, charged with second-degree sodomy; Reece Barton, 19, charged with second-degree rape; Avory Triston Cosby, 20, charged with second-degree rape; Seth Robert Emmenegger, 22, charged with second-degree rape; Christian Lane Homesley, 19, charged with second-degree rape; Daniel Ralph George, 18, charged with second-degree rape; Caleb Matthew Lafollette, 21, charged with second-degree rape and Kyler Taran Morgan, 18, charged with second-degree rape.

The names of the two final arrests made have not yet been made public.

The JSU crime log has records of six incidents that occurred between January 1, 2019 and September 3, 2019 at Meehan Hall, Dixon Hall, Sparkman Hall, the parking lot of Rowe Hall and off campus on Mountain Street. 

Bill Broome, a defense attorney for several of the suspects in this case, called the victim a “predator” and stated that she had “a fake university ID and used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Tinder to present herself as an adult”. Broome alleges that the victim is a 15-year-old girl who identified herself as a 19-year-old JSU student to several of the suspects.

JSU students were notified of an ongoing investigation involving “non-students coming onto JSU property of communicating with JSU students by electronic means” via email on September 12 and urged to be cautious on-campus and when speaking to anyone online. Extra security measures were also added in Meehan and Sparkman Halls to ensure the safety of the residents. 

Under Alabama state law, a person is guilty of second-degree rape if  “being 16 years or older, he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex less than 16 and more than 12 years old, provided, however, the actor is at least two years older than the member of the opposite sex.” 

Second-degree rape is considered a Class B felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000. 

Harrington stated that “this was an isolated incident, and the students, faculty and staff of JSU are safe.”

JSU hosts the Calhoun County Band Exhibition

Local Calhoun County bands showcased their halftime shows with great pride on Burgess Snow Field, Wednesday, Sept. 10. One by one, each band took the field to put on what they have all been working on these past couple months. 

Donoho High School opened up the exhibition with songs from the musical “Chicago”.

The size of a band can be deceiving, even the smallest can blow you away. Ohatchee High School took the field with a heartfelt performance of their show, “You Will Be Found,” which showcased a message about bullying and finding your place.

Not having to travel too far, Jacksonville High School also took the field bringing with them more reasons to be proud of this small town. While there were not any scores or trophies handed out, these bands certainly have a lot to be proud of.

Everyone was in for a treat at the end of the exhibition, the Jacksonville State Marching Southerners performed part of their show “Earth, Wind, and Fire,” which is sure to continue turning heads over the rest of this marching season. High schoolers sat in awe of the size and pure talent the Southerners brought to the field. Many of them have probably already pictured themselves in that iconic red, white and black uniform.   

It is clear that band is more than just an after-school activity for these high schoolers. They all have passion and a love for marching that is clearly displayed on the field.

Photo courtesy of Brookylnn Wilkes/The Chanticleer