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Preliminary hearing set for man involved in Thorsby kidnapping

A kidnapping case earlier this year involving two Moulton men has one defendant waiving his rights to a hearing and the other defendant with a preliminary hearing set for July 24.

Scotty Ray Smith, 33, and Panagiotis Jerome Theodoroy, 32, both residents of Moulton, were arrested on April 2 and later charged with two counts of first degree robbery and one count of first degree kidnapping for crimes that occurred at two different residences in Thorsby.

Smith waived his right to a hearing on May 21 and his case will now go straight to grand jury for indictment.

Theodoroy has a preliminary hearing set for July 24 at 9 p.m. in front of Judge Rhonda Hardesty at the Chilton County Courthouse.

Both Theodoroy and Smith allegedly entered the home of a 94-year-old man who lived on Third Street in Thorsby on March 31 and robbed him.

During the robbery, two other victims, a married couple who were caretakers of the elderly man, entered the home as they normally would to check on the resident.

The three victims were held at gunpoint, the two men were tied up and Theodoroy and Smith took the woman to her home, on Jones Street, where more property was taken.

The female was later dropped off in a rural area of Calera.

None of the victims involved were seriously injured at the time of the incident but Chief Deputy District Attorney C. J. Robinson confirmed on Friday the elderly man has since died.

Both Smith and Theodoroy have been released from jail on bond.