• Victims testify in trial of violent home invasion

    By: Dave Huddleston


    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - A disabled victim of a violent home invasion recounted the day two men forced their way into her apartment Tuesday in court.

    Erica Armstrong, 40, choked back tears as she told the Douglas County jury how on Feb. 22 two men knocked on her fiancé's door and terrorized the two of them.

    "We opened the door because we were expecting some medicine for my disability. When we realized they weren't who they said they were, it was too late," Armstrong said.

    Police said the suspects burst into the home looking for guns.

    "They were yelling, 'Where are the guns? Where are the guns?'" Armstrong said.

    Chris Walker is Armstrong's fiancé.

    "I opened the door and one of the men hits me in the head with the butt of a gun. I fall to the floor and my glasses come off," Walker testified.

    Douglas County assistant prosecutor Sherrill Britt said Dwight Blalock is one of those suspects. He's on trial for kidnapping with bodily injury, two counts of aggravated assault, burglary and other charges.

    Britt said the suspects knew Walker had guns from one of the victim's neighbors.

    "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, not one person, not even the victims, can identify my client to this crime. Not his fingerprints, no clothing fibers, no DNA," defense attorney Mac Pilgrim said.

    Britt said through cellphone triangulation, they can connect Blalock to the crime and the other suspect who pleaded guilty to the crime will testify against Blalock Wednesday.

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