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Henderson County robbery turns deadly


Two would-be robbers are dead after authorities say the people they held hostage fought back.

According to the Henderson County Sheriff, Steven Kelly and Cecil Spain went to a home on Hopson Drive near Athens on Sunday, posing as if they were going to purchase a dog. When they made it clear they were actually there to steal, there was a steep turn of events.

According to Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, the residents let the two men inside their home while “under the assumption they were there to buy animals.” Kelly and Spain were armed with handguns and attempted to rob the residents. The homeowners told us they were bound with zip ties for three hours, and were eventually able to seize one of their own weapons in a split second opportunity. They shot and killed both suspects.

Sheriff Hillhouse says at this time, it does appear the homeowners were defending themselves.

Fortunately, the homeowners suffered only minor physical injuries. An autopsy has been ordered on the two suspects. The investigation is ongoing.

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