Kidnapping suspects appear in court

Local - 8/20/2013 7:11 PM by Courtney Rosemond
FAYETTEVILLE - Three out of four defendants linked to a june kidnapping in Smithers receive their preliminary hearing in Fayette Magistrate Court.

Andrew Thompkins, Cathy Ann Lewis and Lesa Marie Lewis all appeared before Magistrate Sharon McGraw Tuesday. A fourth defendant, Kenneth E. Essex received a continuance. Pending charges include first degree aggravated robbery and conspiracy.  A third charge of kidnapping has been dismissed due to a technicality, but can be recharged at a later date.

All four are being held in Southern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond while the investigation continues. 

Prosecutors expect the case to be presented to fall term of the grand jury.

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