Lawyer wants some charges dismissed in jewelry store heists, including SC

Lawyer wants some charges dismissed in jewelry store heists, including SC

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - An attorney for a woman accused in a string of armed jewelry store robberies across the South says some of the charges against her should be dismissed because they don't qualify as a "crime of violence."

In a motion filed over the weekend, attorney Michelle Daffin argues that forcing clerks at gunpoint to be bound in a back room is not violent by definition. She cites a U.S. Supreme Court case known as the "Hobbs Act."

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The FBI says Kemp and 35-year-old Lewis Jones III stole an estimated $4.3 million in jewelry. Two other men are accused of providing security for the crimes.

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