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Woman believes missing grandson with murder suspect

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

ATHENS — A Bella Mina woman says her grandson is missing and she believes he is with a suspect in an Athens murder.

Doris Carthen said she last saw her grandson, 16-year-old Castillo "Poo" Carthen, on Friday morning and he was supposed to go to Decatur on Monday and Tuesday. She said witnesses told her that he got into a van Wednesday night with Jarvis Werner Hines, 20, the suspect in what police are calling
a murder at Houston Court Apartments on Ninth Avenue.

"Poo usually calls me or somebody else, but we haven't heard from him," she said.

Doris Carthen filed a missing -person report with the Limestone County Sheriff's Department. Athens Police Capt. Marty Bruce said he had no information to confirm or deny that Castillo Carthen is with Hines.

Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt of the Sheriff's Department said Friday evening that whether Carthen is with Hines is only rumor at this point.

Carthen's grandmother said he attended Austin High School but got into trouble and school officials sent him to the Center for Alternatives to Expulsion. The family then moved to Tanner, where Cauthen got into trouble again "for not doing his work" at the alternative school and his grandmother said the Limestone County school board expelled him through the end of the school year.

She said she went to Decatur to check his normal hangout but could not find him.

"He's not a bad child, and I don't think he's involved in anything like murder," Doris Carthen said. "He just has a hard time following rules. He doesn't like people telling him what to do."

Bruce said Hines is a suspect in the shooting death of Donnell McCullough, 64, at 12:10 a.m. Thursday. McCullough died from two gunshots to the chest, one to the arm and another to the shoulder.

Bruce said authorities found Hines' van Thursday night in Decatur, but Hines continues elude authorities. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Bruce is not discussing details of the case but did say investigators questioned a witness who was in the apartment at the time of shooting.

Anyone with information on Hines or Castillo Carthen should call Athens police at 233-8707.

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