The attorney for a woman accused of robbing Zales Outlet in Dawsonville last summer wants some of the charges against her client dropped, according to a motion filed last week that suggests the crimes in question were not "violent" in nature.
Citing a U.S. Supreme Court case known as the "Hobbs Act," Attorney Michelle Daffin is arguing that forcing employees to the back of the store at gun point and zip-tying their hands does not fit the definition of violent.
Abigail Lee Kemp, 24, of Smyrna was arrested Jan. 8 on charges related to multiple jewelry store armed robberies in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina.
The Zales Outlet at North Georgia Premium Outlets was among the stores hit.
Local authorities said Kemp entered the store shortly after it opened, forced the employees to the back room at gunpoint and zip tied their hands before stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from display cases.
Other locations include Jared Vault in Sevierville, Tenn. on Oct. 16, 2015; Jared Jewelry in Bluffton, S.C. on Sept. 2, 2015; Reeds Jewelers in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Aug. 11, 2015; and Jared Jewelry in Woodstock, on April 29, 2015.
Three men have also been implicated in the multi-state jewel caper.
Kemp and 35-year-old Lewis Jones III of Atlanta stole an estimated $4.3 million in jewelry. Two other men are accused of providing security for the crimes.
DCN regional staff contributed to this story.