Bond set for man involved in botched drug deal
by Shaka S. Lias
Mar 30, 2011 | 3710 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the men involved in a drug deal gone wrong was granted bond Tuesday morning in Bartow County Superior Court by Judge Carey Nelson, but at a high price.

Bond for Taylor Ammons was set at $100,000 for his role in the incident that allegedly happened at 211 Camp Sunrise Road earlier this month.

Ammons wasn't present during court proceedings. According to the sheriff's office he is still incarcerated, as is Ethan Whorton. The third person involved, Kevin Christopher Michael Winter, was released on March 10.

The men were arrested after deputies from the Bartow County Sheriff's Office responded to an aggravated assault call. Upon arrival, deputies located a victim with lacerations to his head and marijuana lying around the victim on the ground. Deputies contacted the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force (Safe Streets Task Force). An agent spoke with the victim who said he was there to purchase marijuana but instead the dealers robbed him at gunpoint.

Officials said a drug deal turned into an attempted armed robbery. Sheriff Clark Millsap said the two dealers made plans in advance to rob the purchaser and during the deal one of the dealers pulled out a weapon. Chief Tommy Culpepper said that during the robbery the weapon was discharged inside of a vehicle.

Both Ammons and Whorton are charged with criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

In other court news, Judge Nelson gave a sex offender some stern advice about what would happen if he failed to register again.

"If you violate again, it will be a life sentence and you won't have to worry about a place to stay," Nelson told Joseph Smith after he pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender.

Smith said he wasn't fully aware of the rules and at times lived under a bridge.

He was sentenced to probation with special conditions.