Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019. 8:36 am CST.
By Aaron Humes:The last of nineteen persons charged in connection with the Burrell Boom home invasion of diplomat Sarkis Abou-Nehra’s residence on December 4, 2015, have been cleared after he failed to show up again for trial.
The Lebanese Honorary Consul General’s estate was ransacked and despoiled of various items including surveillance cameras, firearms, and a vehicle. For good measure, the attacker allegedly tied up his watchman and raped the watchman’s wife at gunpoint in the presence of their young child before leaving.
Brothers John and Sheldon Grinage and Brandon Baptist faced charges of aggravated burglary before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer, but according to prosecutors, Abou-Nehra has not been available to participate in the trial despite it being set to start for several months. He is currently away in Guatemala.
With no further evidence to be offered, Chief Magistrate Fraser dismissed the charge of aggravated burglary against the trio and they were free to go.
Baptist is a free man but the Grinage brothers are to be tried in the Supreme Court on an unrelated murder charge.
Lane Grinage, Tyrone Meighan, Paul Jex Jr., and others including 3 females were also charged in connection with the home invasion. Charges of rape aggravated burglary and handling stolen goods had been slapped upon the group on different occasions.
The only person now left to face trial on a charge of rape in connection with the home invasion is Paul Jex Jr., whose trial is before the Supreme Court and is expected to be called up in the October session this year.
Jex Jr. is presently out on bail for the rape of the watchman’s wife, to which he is tentatively linked by DNA testing.
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