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Lawyer wants some charges dismissed in jewelry store heists

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — An attorney for a woman accused in a string of armed jewelry store robberies across the South says some of the charges against her should be dismissed because they don’t qualify as a “crime of violence.”

One of the locations she is accused of robbing is the Zales Outlet in Dawsonville, which reported a robbery in August.

In a motion filed over the weekend, attorney Michelle Daffin argues that forcing clerks at gunpoint to be bound in a back room is not violent by definition. She cites a U.S. Supreme Court case known as the “Hobbs Act.”

The News Herald reports 24-year-old Abigail Kemp and three men are accused in the robberies of stores in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The FBI says Kemp and 35-year-old Lewis Jones III stole an estimated $4.3 million in jewelry. Two other men are accused of providing security for the crimes.