Kingsport man overdue in court
Sep 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM
A Sullivan County jury found Eric Melvin Crowe not guilty of manslaughter in the 2005 death of Robert "Bob Tester" in May, but a scire facias order was issued Tuesday in an older, still open case after he didn't show up for the trial, according to court records.
Records indicate Crowe was indicted Nov. 12, 2004, on charges of aggravated burglary and theft over $10,000 stemming from a May 24 incident alleging he broke into a neighboring apartment on Holyoke Street and took several pieces of a woman's jewelry.
The woman told police she'd discovered eight of her stolen rings had been pawned at Gold & Things in Weber City, Va.
Police said Crowe was implicated because his name was on the pawn ticket, but Crowe reportedly told police the victim had asked him to pawn the jewelry for her because she didn't have any identification on her when she went to the store.
Police said the store clerk didn't recall anyone being with Crowe the day the items were pawned, and she failed to recognize the victim in a lineup.
Jury finds Kingsport man not guilty in manslaughter case