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Taking mom's pills leads to violence, jail time for trio

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Taking pills from Mama ended in mayhem Thursday night.

Limestone County Sheriff's Department Lt. Brad Curnutt said the department received multiple 911 calls about a possible stabbing on Ripley Road at 11:10.

It all started when two men allegedly took Xanax from their friend's mother at her Ripley Road home, Curnutt said.

He identified those men as Cody Barnes, 22, of 1303 Elm St., Athens, and Adam Blankenship, 22, of 1604 Grace Ave., Athens.

A fight erupted between the men and the woman's son, Jason Keeton, 21, of 12524 Ripley Road, Curnutt said.

"They all know each other," Curnutt said. "They've all stayed there off and on. They got into an argument over the pills, and Keeton cut Barnes on the leg with a knife. It wasn't really a stabbing."

At some point during the fight, Blankenship also received a blow to the head.

A female acquaintance drove Barnes and Blankenship to Catfish Inn on U.S. 72 in the Coxey community west of Athens and for some unknown reason, called 911 from there.

"They waited for an ambulance to pick them up," Curnutt said. "Why they didn't go on to the hospital is anyone's guess."

Athens-Limestone Hospital treated and released both men, and the Sheriff's Department then took them into custody.

Barnes and Blankenship are in jail in lieu of $2,000 bond each, charged with second-degree theft. Keeton is in jail in lieu of $5,000 bond, charged with second-degree assault.

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