Following the conviction of one sister in the case and the acquittal of another, Bartow County authorities have arrested a third suspect in the 2011 armed robbery of an elderly Euharlee Road man.
Joni Mae Earwood of Cartersville was 29 years old when she was charged with the kidnapping, robbery and beating of the victim, then 79. In May, she was convicted of kidnapping, robbery and battery and ordered to serve 10 years of a 30-year sentence in prison. She would be allowed to serve the remainder on probation.
Today, the Bartow County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of a third suspect in the case. One woman has been acquitted.
Sheriff Clark Millsap said in a press release that investigators have continued to follow up on leads since Earwood's arrest and conviction and new developments led to charges against Keith Olshande Taylor, 34, also of Cartersville.
U.S. Marshals arrested him in Alabama and he's been extradited back to Bartow County to face charges of kidnapping, robbery and battery.
The charges stem from the June 2011 robbery on Alford Road near Floyd County. Authorities say two women picked up the victim and he was attacked in their vehicle by an unseen accomplice. Without his wallet, he then was pushed out of the car, where he was later found by neighbors.
Investigators are still working leads in this case and more arrests are expected.
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