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Robbery, kidnapping trial begins Monday

A Trussville man will face trial beginning Monday on charges of kidnapping and robbing a man in Troy in February 2018.

According to the deposition of arrest, Timothy Garland Latty awoke the victim, who he was staying with in Geneva County, and asked him to drive him to Enterprise so that he could return to Birmingham.

Once they arrived in Enterprise though, Latty pleaded with the victim to continue on to Birmingham, which the victim refused according to the deposition. The victim agreed to take Latty as far as Troy.

Once in Troy, the victim pulled off the side of U.S. Highway 231 near the entrance to Lockheed Martin and asked Latty to leave the vehicle.

“Latty exited the passenger side and walked around to the driver side and asked (the victim) to raise his seat up so he could get his bags from the rear seat,” the deposition states. “Once the seat was raised, Latty began his assault on (the victim) by hitting him repeatedly in the face with closed fist, and when (the victim) attempted to defend himself with his walking cane, Latty overpowered him and took the can and began hitting (the victim) several times in the face and head area.”

According to the deposition, Laty then pulled out a knife and threatened to kill the victim if he did not move over to the passengers seat. Latty then drove toward Birmingham.

The victim reported that Latty stopped the vehicle near Irondale and told the victim that “he should have killed him, and if he tells any police, he will kill him.”

The victim then drove to a nearby convenience store and had someone call the police.

According to the deposition, Latty suffered a laceration to his chin and both of his eyes were swollen shut.

The trial will be held at the Pike County Courthouse. First-degree robbery is a Class A Felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison. Second-degree kidnapping is a Class B Felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.