Three charged in home invasion plead guilty
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Three suspects in a Cartersville home invasion entered guilty pleas in Bartow County Superior Court.

According to Deputy District Attorney Mickey Thacker, Roger Dale James, Douglas James and Ryan Jason Willits pleaded guilty in connection with a Jan. 10 home invasion at 10 Valley Drive.

In January, Cartersville Police Department Capt. Frank Cline said two suspects wielding a knife entered the home just after 12:30 a.m. The two asked to use a phone because of a broken down vehicle.

Once inside the home, the pair threatened the residents, tying them up with electrical cords. While the residents were incapacitated, the suspects took jewelry and a safe from an office; the two loaded the items into the resident's truck before also taking the vehicle.

The trio were scheduled to go to trial this week in Judge Carey Nelson's courtroom.

Jury receives case of man

charged with aggravated assault

A jury Monday heard testimony in the case of Leonard James Jackson in Nelson's courtroom.

Jackson is charged with aggravated assault, pointing a firearm at another, criminal damage to property and simple battery in connection with a November 2010 incident at Parkway North apartments.

The victim in the case said Monday that he went to Jackson's apartment by mistake looking for a friend. He testified that Jackson became irate, accusing him of trying to contact Jackson's then-girlfriend.

According to the victim, the pair became involved in a fist fight and Jackson struck the victim's car several times with his fist.

Jackson then retrieved a gun, pointed it at the man and threatened to kill him. The victim said Jackson's girlfriend begged him not to shoot.

A Cartersville police officer testified that the victim reported the incident the following day but did not mention the gun until a later date.

A neighbor said she did not hear an altercation or see the fight. She said the victim entered her apartment but she promptly ordered him out.

Jackson took the stand late Monday, saying the victim entered his apartment and he confronted the man. He said the victim struck him in the head and the two proceeded to fight for about "15 seconds."

According to his testimony, Jackson was protecting his home. He denied striking the man's car or ever producing a weapon.

He said when he went to get shoes, the victim left the scene.

The case went to the jury late Monday afternoon.