By Kathy Jefcoats
MCDONOUGH — A Hampton man whose co-defendant apparently killed himself in jail has been indicted on armed robbery and assault charges.
Michael Brien Mangham, 27, of Cambridge Court was indicted on armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, burglary in the first degree and false imprisonment. His co-defendant, Andrew Richard Morris, 28, of Jay Lane in Hampton apparently killed himself in the Henry County Jail in November after being denied bond. The charges against Morris were no-billed.
Henry County police Detective Tom Stott said in October that Morris and Mangham, along with a third man, broke into a home on Seminole Lane in Locust Grove Oct. 13. Stott said the trio stole a gun, jewelry and prescription medications. One of the men pistol-whipped the resident in the head, he said.
The indictment alleges Mangham took a Detroit Fire Department badge and case, two cell phones and a Sony laptop during the alleged armed robbery.
The trio are suspects in the burglary of a room at the Economy Inn in McDonough where the occupant was also allegedly assaulted, said police.
Morris apparently committed suicide after he returned to his cell in the medical unit after being denied bond in Henry County Magistrate Court, said jail officials.
In other indictments:
• McDonough residents Justin Lee Benson, 22, of Ethans Way, Rashodrick Lashod Green, 21, of Hannah Court and Jason Andrew Griffin Jr., 19, of Birkshire Ridge were indicted in an Oct. 10 burglary.
McDonough police Detective Michelle Rose said the trio were attending a party at Benson's girlfriend's house at the time of the burglary. She said the three entered the house when one of them kicked in the back door. The kick left a perfect impression of a shoe that was matched to one of the three, but not Griffin, she said. They also left a trail from that home to one on Hannah Court where they gave the set to Benson's girlfriend, she said.
When officers followed the trail to the house, they talked to the residents who identified the three men as having been there for a party. Benson's girlfriend reportedly told police that the men left and were gone for about 20 minutes before returning with a large, older model television set.
• Aaron Charles Berry, 18, of Starling Trail in Hampton was indicted on seven counts of aggravated assault. Police said he fired a gun from a vehicle into a crowd of seven people Sept. 8.
• Ralpheal Daeshunn Benefield, 19, of McArthur Drive in Locust Grove was indicted for theft by receiving stolen property. Police said he had a cell phone he knew or should have known was stolen.
• Mark Aaron Crush, 32, of Rocky Cove Trail in Lawrenceville was indicted for failing to register his address as a convicted sex offender. Police said he was convicted Feb. 25, 2002, in Harris County, Texas for sexual assault of a child. Crush allegedly failed to register his address when he moved to 1325 Kings Mill Road in McDonough, according to the indictment.
• Richana Niquiana Randolph, 18, of Paddington Trail in Rex and Shaquan Ali Stevens, 18, of King Saul Drive in Ellenwood were indicted on four counts of burglary in the first degree. Stevens was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
Police allege the pair broke into four Stockbridge houses Oct. 1 and Oct. 4.
All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.