By Nathan Baker
One by one, the jury foreperson read seven guilty verdicts against Travis Grover Richardson Tuesday afternoon in Carter County Criminal Court.
“We the jury find the defendant, Travis G. Richardson, guilty of aggravated robbery.”
At the return of the first verdict, Assistant District Attorney Janet Hardin breathed a silent sigh of relief.
She was sure that the 30-year-old man demanded the car keys of Stateline Road resident Michael Hicks at knifepoint while fleeing Elizabethton police on Aug. 2, 2011, but Richardson’s attorney, Jim Bowman, had attempted to convince jurors that because the keys were already in the car, the offense was not a true robbery.
Richardson, during his second-day testimony, also claimed he never had a knife, that the three witnesses who testified to seeing the silver weapon in his hand must have mistakenly seen his watch.