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DEA11 S > 6AL iiI Ruby Anne Comer i~i /IC~III { Z ~ iIII~ m W m m m m m I!,1! IIU!i!l!ijill!i!!U!llll 3 Dante Krieger, who turned 16 last week at the Youth Detention Center in Macon, listens as Inv. Allen Henderson de- scribes the murder scene he's accused of leaving as he killed, his aunt on Tingle Road on July 14. Next to Krieger is his attorney, public defender Rusty Knox. (Photo/Will Davis) By Will Davis Fifteen year old Dante Krieger pistol.whipped his aunt in the head, cracking her skull, splitting her ear and then spilled her blood across three vehicles at her Tingle Road home before he shot a bullet through her temple and killed her on Sunday, July 14. That was the gruesome testimony of lead Monroe County investigator Allen Henderson, who persuaded Judge Tommy Wilson on Tuesday, July 30 that there was enough evidence to keep Krieger in custody on murder charges. Krieger is accused ofkiUing his 42-year-old aunt Tryeflue Rogers of Forsyth. Tuesday's probable cause hearing at the Monroe County courthouse was the first time the sheriff's office has revealed some of the details of Rogers' murder. Heres what Henderson said happened: Krieger disappeared from the home of his foster parents in Covington late Saturday or early Sunday, driving away after stealing their white truck. The foster parents asked a female friend of Kfieger's, 16-year-old Jen- nie Cook of Covington, to text him because he might respond to her. He did and eventually on Sunday they spoke by phone. Cook said Krieger was crying and up- set, admitting he had done something really wrong. "What?" asked Cook. "I shot my aunt" respond- ed Krieger. "Is she dead?" she asked. "Yes" replied Krieger. Cook told her parents who called the New- ton County sheriff's office, a call that eventually got to the Monroe County sheriff's office as deputies were alerted to go to Rogers' home. At about the same time, Krieger had pulled over in Rogers' stolen truck between Columbia, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C. and dialed 911, telling Chester County (S.C.) authorities what he had done as well. Kfieger led South Carolina authorities to a construc- tion site where the murder weapon, Rogers' discarded 9 mm, was found. Chester See MURDER Page 6A Monroe County schools have welcomed 3,964 students to classes as school opened on Friday. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hi&man said that 4,144 are enrolled in schools so far this year. Above, Amanda Grant takes a first-day-of-school photo of her boys Marshall (4th grade) and Cooper.(PreK) in front of T.G. Scott Elementary. Here are the enroll- ment numbers by school: Sutton-617, Hubbard-673, T.G. Scott-736, MCMS-932, MPHS-1,122 and Achievement Center-64. Assistant superintendent Jackson Daniel said new lanes on Thornton Road and a new driveway at MCMS have made a huge difference there, with many positive comments from parents. Almost all bus routes had changes so Friday was a big adjustment day, said Daniel, but he said the bus routes went much smoother on Monday. Daniel thanked the sheriff's off ce for their traffic control at all schools especially at Hwy. 41 and Thornton Road. (Photo/Will Davis) / Two suspects stil at large A Forsyth teenager was arrested and two oth- ers are wanted for try- ing to car- jack a vehicle and firing FREEMAN gun- shots at the driver near Forsyth Gardens Apartments in the wee hours of Aug. 2. Vontavian Freeman, 19, of 130 Sydney Woods, Forsyth was arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault for allegedly trying to steal a white Nissan Altima from Nicholas Epps. Inv. Alexander Daniels of the Forsyth Police Department said that the men had a struggle over the vehicle and as Epps drove away Freeman fired three shots at him and missed. The altercation happened on Moreland Av- enue next to Forsyth Gardens Apartments. Daniels said they identified Freeman as a suspect and arrested him later that day. Daniels said they are questioning another suspect in the case and are looking for a third suspect as well. Freeman is being held without bond. Anyone who has information in the case is asked to call Forsyth police at 993-1005. V