Javion Bowe. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
A trial in Fayette County Superior Court that was supposed to be held during the week of Feb. 12 was delayed after it was learned that defendant Jaivon Bowe spoke about wanting to hire someone to kill the witnesses in his case. His statements, which never left the jail, led to additional charges filed against him.
“It never got past the talking stage to take action,” said Sheriff Barry Babb of Bowe’s statements about wanting to hire someone to kill the witnesses in the July 14, 2017 home invasion at a north Fayette residence off Westbridge Road.
Bowe, 18 at the time, 26-year-old Keaton Howson and a 15-year-old female juvenile, all of Fayetteville, were charged with home invasion, aggravated assault, armed robbery, false imprisonment and burglary.
The three made forced entry through the front door of the home at approximately 4 a.m. and held a 16-year-old male at gunpoint, Babb said, adding that electronic items were stolen.
Babb said deputies were dispatched at 4:40 a.m. after receiving a call from the victim’s mother, who was asleep during the home invasion.
A deputy subsequently spotted the vehicle used in the home invasion and conducted a felony traffic stop. The three were arrested at the scene and the stolen merchandise was recovered, Babb said.
Now in jail and awaiting trial, Bowe made statements about wanting to hire someone to kill the witnesses. Investigators got word of his statements and charged him with criminal attempt to commit malice murder, criminal attempt to commit felony murder and threatening a witness, Babb said.
Babb said the judge delayed the trial so that the district attorney’s office could present more information related to the new charges.