2010 -July 16 - UPDATE - TRIAL POSTPONED
Clayton County Solicitor Tracy Graham Lawson
"I am so ready to take this case to trial, but unfortunately
the judge continued the case because the defense attorney
got called to a federal trial. Federal cases take precedent
over state cases."
Troy Dale West, Jr.'s trial date is set for July 19th.
Clayton County Superior Court Judge Geronda V.
Carter will be presiding.
West, from Poulan, Georgia, of Troy's Paint & Body
& Auto Salvage is currently wearing an ankle
bracelet while awaiting trial. June 10, 2010, West's
attorney asked that the ankle bracelet be removed
but Judge Carter denied the motion.
BRUTAL UNPROVOKED ASSAULT
West was arrested and charged with beating Army
Reservist Tashawnea Hill in front of her 7 year
old daughter outside of a Cracker Barrel restaurant
in 2009. During the beating, West reviled Hill with
offensive, abusive language and racial obscenities.
West only stopped the beating when a Cracker
Barrell Manager came to Hill's aid.
West claims Ms. Hill spit upon him while witnesses
and the surveillance video from the restaurant
back up Ms. Hill's statement that West had almost
hurt her daughter with the door and she had politely
asked him to be careful.
Police: West became enraged when Hill told him to be
careful after he nearly hit her 7-year-old daughter while
opening the restaurant's door.
Ms. Hill "The man slung open the door pretty hard and fast
and I had to push my daughter out of the way. I turned to
the man and I just said, 'Excuse me sir, you need to watch
yourself you almost hit my daughter in the face.' And from
there it just went downhill."
Police: West threw her to the ground and hit her in the head
with his fists and feet, police said. During the exchange,
witnesses said West could be heard screaming racial slurs at
Ms. Hill "Then he punched me in my face and I fell to the
ground and he proceeded to punch in my head and face."
Ms. Hill's daughter was crying uncontrollably and physically
shaking during/after the event. Both she and her mother
still have nightmares from the event.
GRAND JURY INDICTMENT
23 September 2009 - A grand jury indicted West
on felony charges including aggravated assault, false
imprisonment, first degree cruelty to children, battery
and disorderly conduct.
Tracey Graham Lawson (Assistant District
Attorney) "You don’t get to beat a woman down,
kick her like she’s a dog in front of her child and call
her all that stuff."
This isn't Troy Dale West Jr.'s first brush with the law
or with unprovoked violent behaviour towards others.
Gabrielle Daniels aka ThisBlksistasPage has uncovered
the following information on West:
1998, West is charged with simple battery and terroristic
threats after he attacked a cashier at a K-Mart in Tifton,
said Dennis Baker, chief administrator for the district attorney.
According to Baker, West created phony receipts showing
he had purchased Matchbox cars at other K-Marts for 59 cents.
He argued with the cashier that the price of the cars should be
When the cashier denied the request, West got into a dispute
with him, Baker told the judge. “The defendant pushed
him [the cashier] against a telephone booth and said
he would kill him,” Baker said.
The cashier called the police and West fled, Baker said. Police
arrested West at a nearby Waffle House, where he was hiding
in the bathroom with a loaded pistol, according to Baker.
The case was later dismissed after the records could not be
West faces a decade in prison if convicted.
The FBI is investigating the case as a hate crime.