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Son to testify against dad in theft case

Defendant also accused of murder

POSTED: January 27, 2010 4:00 a.m.

A Dawson County man has agreed to testify against his father and another relative in a case involving more than $25,000 in stolen home appliances and furnishings.

  

Jessie Archie Kilgore, 19, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 in Superior Court to participating in a burglary spree last spring in western Dawson.

  

As part of the plea, he received a 12-year sentence, with six to serve and the remainder on probation, according to court records.

  

He must also testify against co-defendants Jessie James Kilgore, his father, and another relative, James Adam Rogers.

  

The three men, each of whom has a criminal  record, were arrested in May with more than $25,000 in stolen goods, including appliances, bedding, cabinets and decorative fixtures.

  

Officers discovered the Kilgores taking cabinet measurements at a Hubbard Road home they had reportedly robbed a month before.

  

According to authorities, the men had reportedly returned to the home to collect appliances, furnishings and cabinetry for use in a house the elder Kilgore was building a few miles away on Toads Place.

  

Rogers, 30, of Dawsonville, was arrested after authorities found a cache of missing items at his home on Chumbley Road.

  

Jessie Archie Kilgore has remained in Dawson County Sheriff’s custody since his arrest.

  

His father was released on a $35,000 bond, but was arrested again in December in connection with the shooting deaths of Jennifer and Paul Budrawich.

  

According to the bail order, Jessie James Kilgore, 40, of Dawsonville posed “no threat or danger to any person, to the community or to any property in this community.”

  

Authorities say the elder Kilgore shot the couple, who was in town to visit their children last month, with a small caliber handgun and dragged their bodies into the Amicalola River.

  

He is reportedly married to Jennifer Budrawich’s mother and fathered one of the slain woman’s children.

  

Authorities have not released a motive in the slayings.

  

Also arrested in the deaths was Benjamin Kelly Mullinax, 27, of Dawsonville, who authorities say was with Jessie James Kilgore at the time of the shootings. He also is related to the Kilgores.

  

Both Mullinax and Jessie James Kilgore were scheduled to be in Superior Court last week, but waived their preliminary hearings.

  

Northeastern Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney John Wilbanks has said the case will go to a grand jury in March.

  

According to officials, the slayings appear to fit the criteria for a capital case, though authorities have not decided whether to pursue the death penalty.

  

The county’s last death penalty case was in 1994, with one of three men convicted in the shooting death of Keith Evans sentenced to death.

Tommy Waldrip, who is now 63, is awaiting execution at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

  

His son, John Mark Waldrip, and another relative, Howard Livingston, both received life sentences for their role in the crime.

  

Evans, a Dawson County man, was set to testify against the three in an armed robbery case.

 

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