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July bond hearing set for Roberts cases
Roberts third arrest

Note: This story has been updated. 

Following recent court motions, attorneys for the Dawsonville man accused in Kaleb Duckworth’s 2021 death will have another chance to argue for their client’s bond. 

Senior Judge David Emerson will hear the state’s June 8 motion to revoke bond in 21-year-old Daniel Lee Roberts’ earlier two cases and decide whether to grant him bond in his 2022 case, according to rulings filed at the end of last week.  

Roberts’ bond hearing will take place July 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Dawson County Courthouse.

Emerson, who previously served as a judge in Douglas County for over 30 years, was appointed to preside over Roberts’ 2021 case earlier in June. 


On June 28, 2022, Roberts was indicted on charges relating to two separate alleged incidents in May 2022 involving another teenage victim. A grand jury handed down one felony charge each of aggravated assault and terroristic threats, according to the indictment. 

Roberts allegedly threatened a teenage victim on May 13 between 5-6 p.m. near Dawson Village Way North and Ga. 53, according to a Dawson County Sheriff’s Office warrant. He is accused of telling the victim to come to his residence, where he, Roberts, would “give him the same thing he gave his buddy,” referring to Kaleb Duckworth. 

Roberts allegedly committed the assault against the same victim on May 19 between 1:10 and 1:20 p.m. near 1860 Dawson Forest Road, according to another DCSO warrant. 

He was purportedly driving his pick-up truck when he entered the victim’s lane of travel and caused that person to swerve in order to avoid a collision. 

Since being arrested on May 20, Roberts has remained in custody at the Dawson County Detention Center. The June 30 ruling states that he will stay at the jail until the hearing. 


Documents for the oldest case alleged that after getting in a verbal disagreement with one victim, Roberts hit them while leaving a Dawson-area parking lot on Oct. 23, 2019. 

After being arrested the same night as those alleged offenses, Roberts was charged over the next two days with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and carrying a concealed weapon.

On Oct. 25, 2019, Roberts was released on a $20,200 bond. He was indicted in June 2021 on those charges. As part of his bond conditions, he was not supposed to violate any laws while those charges were pending. 

Then in July, the incident with Duckworth happened. Roberts allegedly caused Duckworth’s death because of a fight at the Dawson County Applebee’s on July 25, 2021. He has been indicted on two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery for that case. 

The indictment for that case alleges that Roberts punched the younger Dawsonville teen with a closed fist, causing serious brain damage. After the fight, Duckworth was taken to a hospital with severe brain trauma and died on July 27.

Following Roberts’ 2021 arrest, bond for the 2019 case was subsequently revoked on Aug. 31, 2021. Court documents from that time cited that he violated conditions of the 2019 bond by allegedly committing new offenses. Bond was likewise initially denied in the 2021 case, and he was indicted on those later charges in October. 

In December, the court reinstated his bond in the earlier case and set a $100,000 bond for the newer case. The condition to violate no laws was a bond provision in both cases. 

That bond was paid, and Roberts was released from DCSO custody. Five months later, he was booked on the felony charges related to the alleged 2022 incidents. 

DCN will provide updates on Roberts’ cases when more information becomes available.