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Suspect in Dawson murder case released after being granted bond
Daniel Lee Roberts
Daniel Lee Roberts

The defendant accused of killing 19-year-old Kaleb Duckworth was recently released from the Dawson County Detention Center. 

On Dec. 23, Daniel Lee Roberts, 20, of Dawsonville, got out of jail on a $100,000 bail, according to documents filed with the court on Dec. 30. With fees, the total bond amount was $110,200. 

During a Dec. 14 hearing, Roberts was granted bond for his 2021 pending criminal case, and the bond for his earlier case was reinstated, contingent on several conditions. 

According to the new bond documents, Roberts may not violate laws while out on pretrial release. He will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor and have monthly reviews with a judge as set by the pretrial release program to ensure compliance with all bond conditions. 


Roberts allegedly caused Duckworth’s death because of a fight at the Dawson County Applebee’s on July 25, 2021. The indictment for that case alleges that Roberts punched the younger 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. 

Roberts has since been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and two counts of felony murder. Bond for the 2021 case was initially denied. 

This article was originally posted by Dawson County News, a sister publication to Forsyth County News.