Harris pleads not guilty in Lincoln hostage case
STANFORD - A Taylorsville man accused of holding six people hostage at gunpoint in a Lincoln County trucking firm appeared in Lincoln Circuit Court Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges.
Cecil A. Harris, 50, was arraigned on four counts of adult kidnapping, first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of third-degree assault of a police officer.
The charges stem from an Aug. 10 incident at Freeway Express on U.S. 27 near the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Harris, who had recently been fired as a truck driver at the firm, allegedly held several people hostage in the garage office, and while holding a revolver, told one victim he would kill her if she didn't write him a check. Harris reportedly pointed the cocked revolver at six people, telling each he was going to kill them. Three of the group were under the age of 18.