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Charges Upgraded To Murder After 20 Years

Henderson County detectives arrested 50-year-old Kenneth Nelson Guthrie Tuesday after a grand jury delivered a first degree murder indictment against him in the death of 42-year-old Jackie Maybin.

"I cried when the detective called me to tell me that he had been arrested," said Vickie King, Jackie's mother. Mrs. King said she has always hoped for justice in her daughter's case. 

"I've just had flashbacks of what we went through, and what she went through," said Mrs. King.

It was 23 years ago on December 23, 1990 when Jackie, then 19, had just left a party with Guthrie who was her boyfriend. The couple got into a fight. Her mother told News 13 he dragged her and violently beat her, leaving Jackie for dead on the side of the road.

"The doctor said he quit counting after he saw 200 boot marks on her body," said Mrs. King. "She had two-and-a-half inches of mud in both nostrils and in both ears and in her mouth (from being dragged)."

Mrs. King said the doctor who examined Jackie said her spinal cord was likely severed by the first kick and Jackie was a quadriplegic. Guthrie was convicted for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. But of a twenty year sentence, Mrs. King said Guthrie only served a few years and got out.

After decades of full-time care by family members, Jackie, 42, passed away December 18, 2012, from complications related to her injuries.  The Chief Medical Examiner's office ruled her cause of death a homicide, directly related to the assault she had been a victim of on December 23, 1990. Her family buried her December 23, 2012, twenty-two years to the day that was beaten by Guthrie. Guthrie was arrested Tuesday, at a restaurant in Etowah around noon. 

He's being held without bond at the Henderson County jail. His first court appearance is Wednesday at 9 A.M.

by Kimberly King

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