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/Madison
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 46°
Muscle Shoals
Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 52°
Huntsville/Madison
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 46°
Decatur
Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 52°
Fort Payne
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 49°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 443009

Reported Deaths: 6662
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson649101007
Mobile31746574
Madison28413217
Tuscaloosa21566275
Montgomery20088332
Shelby19452132
Baldwin17333189
Lee13261107
Morgan12678142
Etowah12141181
Calhoun11555206
Marshall10487123
Houston9031164
Limestone838181
Cullman8296124
Elmore8243110
Lauderdale7946107
DeKalb7900107
St. Clair7876130
Talladega6523112
Walker6050183
Jackson603245
Colbert558194
Blount548586
Autauga540762
Coffee466964
Dale412785
Franklin377550
Russell358415
Chilton346873
Covington340880
Escambia339244
Tallapoosa3163109
Dallas313696
Chambers305470
Clarke303336
Pike265231
Lawrence255855
Marion254661
Winston234742
Bibb222948
Geneva213047
Marengo210531
Pickens200431
Hale186144
Barbour183438
Fayette178829
Butler174860
Cherokee166031
Henry160025
Monroe152621
Randolph146636
Washington142727
Clay130746
Crenshaw124845
Macon122837
Cleburne122125
Lamar120622
Lowndes116836
Wilcox108322
Bullock104628
Perry100518
Conecuh98022
Sumter90627
Greene77923
Coosa64018
Choctaw52124
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 710427

Reported Deaths: 8970
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby790251186
Davidson73248697
Knox40335452
Hamilton35983347
Rutherford34271298
Unassigned23946140
Williamson22259150
Sumner18862237
Out of TN1644883
Montgomery15200153
Wilson14878167
Sullivan13002221
Blount12382136
Washington12206206
Maury11337131
Bradley11263101
Sevier10877123
Putnam10200152
Madison9364186
Robertson793088
Hamblen7261119
Anderson7031116
Greene6779117
Tipton639571
Coffee578584
Gibson5767117
Dickson559082
Cumberland556777
Bedford546092
Roane536083
McMinn524674
Lawrence524369
Carter5215121
Warren511656
Loudon510352
Jefferson497078
Dyer487487
Monroe471964
Hawkins461473
Franklin426067
Fayette415953
Obion406683
Rhea391858
Lincoln388347
Cocke359063
Marshall358140
Cheatham350332
Weakley345948
Campbell338742
Henderson338659
Giles334476
Carroll318362
White317749
Hardeman315854
Hardin306650
Lauderdale299934
Macon294751
Wayne270325
Henry269960
Overton260546
McNairy249042
DeKalb247443
Haywood245650
Marion236233
Smith235430
Trousdale230617
Scott230432
Claiborne230033
Hickman229836
Fentress217835
Grainger217240
Johnson205335
Morgan196616
Crockett183738
Chester179039
Bledsoe178211
Unicoi170147
Cannon161721
Lake158522
Polk150517
Decatur149027
Union145725
Grundy143622
Sequatchie142120
Humphreys137717
Benton134135
Lewis131121
Meigs119216
Stewart112220
Jackson106624
Clay96526
Perry96325
Houston95226
Moore8319
Pickett69220
Van Buren6758
Hancock4227

Community Events