SEVERE WX : Flood Advisory View Alerts

WAAY 31 I-TEAM: Judge overrode parole officer’s recommendation for Alabama man now charged with murder

The Alabama judge said it's 'normal' to go against a probation officer's recommendation.

Posted: Oct 10, 2019 5:24 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2019 6:46 PM

The WAAY 31 I-TEAM is hearing from an Alabama judge who let a man on probation continue to be on the streets. That man is now charged with double murder in Nashville and attempted murder.

Jermaine Agee has a three-page rap sheet in Alabama filled with violent offenses like attempted murder, which he pleaded down. He has charges of robbery and theft from Autagua County, too. Agee was let out of jail and put on probation in 2018 for the robbery and theft charges.

In May, Agee was arrested by Huntsville police for loitering and drug paraphernalia. Court documents say Agee was smoking crack behind a dumpster, and because of those charges, Agee's probation officer asked the courts to issue an arrest warrant for him, because he also failed to report to her in April.

Court documents show Agee's probation officer recommended to Judge Sibley Reynolds that he should go back to the Department of Corrections. The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles told WAAY 31 Agee was picked up on August 3rd in Nashville and brought back to Alabama.

Judge Reynolds decided to keep him in jail for one night and continue his probation, according to Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles officials. Agee was released back to the streets on August 20th. He was also not allowed to leave the state because of his probation.

After calling Judge Reynolds for two days, he got back to the WAAY 31 I-TEAM. We spoke with Reynolds on the phone and asked him why he released Agee.

Judge Reynolds said he could not 'independently recall' the details of the case or why he let him out. He stated he hears about 500 cases like this a year.

We asked Judge Reynolds about Agee's Huntsville charges, which were clear probation violations. He said those charges, in his opinion, were not severe enough to send him to an overcrowded jail or prison. We then asked Reynolds why he went against the probation officer's recommendation. He said that is 'normal' to override a probation officer's recommendation.

Agee was arrested on Monday for brutally stabbing and killing his ex-girlfriend, Mayra Garcia, and her 13-year-old son, Jayden Taylor. According to Nashville police, Agee broke into the family home and went room to room, stabbing the victims. Garcia's 16-year-old daughter was also stabbed, but the 8-year-old in the house escaped.

The children's biological father, Lewis Taylor, spoke with FOX 17 in Nashville. He told the reporter he's a former police officer and now lives in Arizona. When he got the call Monday, he immediately flew to Nashville to be with his surviving children.

"I'm just in shock," said Taylor.

He said his oldest daughter is still trying to recover from her injuries.

"She's got cuts everywhere, trying to walk, trying to do everything normally like she always do, she's hanging in there," said Taylor.

Taylor's family is trying to heal and cope with their losses, mourning a mother and child.

"Somehow she got pulled into that vicious monster," said Taylor.

Family members of Agee's told WAAY 31 they knew he was a danger and said he should have been locked up before the killings happened. Garcia had filed misdemeanor domestic violence charges against Agee last week, but because those were filed in Tennessee instead of Alabama, Agee's probation officer wasn't notified.

Agee now faces two counts of murder and one attempted murder charge in Tennessee.

Huntsville
Overcast
75° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 75°
Florence
Scattered Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 80°
Fayetteville
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 72°
Decatur
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 76°
Scottsboro
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 70°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6433170
Mobile4753139
Montgomery4430112
Tuscaloosa263253
Madison21199
Marshall192611
Shelby164225
Lee157237
Morgan12695
Baldwin120711
Walker106131
Elmore102920
Dallas9969
Etowah95114
DeKalb9417
Franklin93216
Autauga67614
Russell6750
Chambers67427
Unassigned65328
Butler65129
Tallapoosa62869
Limestone6223
Houston5857
Cullman5716
Lauderdale5686
St. Clair5133
Colbert4956
Calhoun4905
Lowndes48122
Escambia4808
Pike4725
Coffee4244
Jackson4182
Covington41412
Barbour3942
Dale3911
Talladega3897
Bullock37710
Marengo35211
Hale34823
Chilton3232
Clarke3126
Wilcox3038
Blount2961
Winston2965
Sumter29113
Marion27514
Pickens2696
Randolph2589
Monroe2553
Perry2362
Conecuh2308
Bibb2211
Macon2159
Choctaw21212
Greene1959
Henry1533
Washington1418
Crenshaw1273
Lawrence1250
Cherokee1237
Geneva960
Lamar871
Clay852
Fayette821
Coosa651
Cleburne421
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 61006

Reported Deaths: 738
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby13423223
Davidson13162143
Rutherford352539
Hamilton330538
Sumner189756
Williamson170816
Knox15919
Trousdale15085
Out of TN138410
Wilson114817
Putnam10117
Bradley9594
Robertson92413
Sevier9153
Unassigned9102
Montgomery7327
Lake6970
Tipton6967
Bledsoe6291
Bedford6239
Macon5977
Hamblen4724
Maury4543
Hardeman4114
Fayette3685
Madison3522
Blount3403
Loudon3322
Rhea3150
Dyer2913
McMinn27619
Cheatham2693
Washington2610
Dickson2580
Lawrence2326
Cumberland2134
Sullivan2104
Anderson1952
Jefferson1821
Lauderdale1804
Gibson1771
Monroe1556
Greene1512
Smith1502
Coffee1410
Cocke1360
Hardin1257
Warren1230
Obion1192
Haywood1183
Franklin1163
Marshall1152
Wayne1150
Carter1031
Giles1031
Hickman1030
McNairy1011
Marion944
Hawkins862
Lincoln860
DeKalb850
White853
Roane810
Overton721
Henderson710
Weakley701
Campbell691
Claiborne680
Grundy652
Chester630
Unicoi590
Grainger560
Polk550
Carroll521
Crockett523
Henry510
Cannon490
Sequatchie490
Jackson470
Johnson460
Humphreys392
Meigs380
Perry370
Morgan311
Decatur270
Fentress260
Scott260
Stewart260
Union250
Moore210
Clay200
Houston200
Benton151
Hancock110
Lewis110
Van Buren90
Pickett70

 

 

Community Events