PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) — A teenage grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has been charged with burglary and possession of marijuana after police said he broke into a house.
Jeremy Carter, 17, also was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol and was released Sunday on $11,500 bond.
The McIntosh High School senior is the son of Annette and Jeff Carter, Jimmy Carter's youngest son.
"My son is innocent. This is ridiculous. He will be exonerated," Jeff Carter said Monday night.
Deanna Congelio, spokeswoman for the former president, declined to comment.
Kay Beckom said Jeremy Carter used to be friends with her son, Terry Lee Beckom, who now attends high school in Florida. One of the Beckoms' sons, Kayce, 14, said he was listening to rap music and decorating the family Christmas tree Saturday night when he heard the phone ring in his bedroom. The youth said he dashed upstairs and was astonished to find Carter trying to get under his bed.
Kay Beckom said Carter left the room with her son's broken Xbox video game console and ran out the back of the house, where he climbed a 6-foot brick wall. Another of the Beckoms' sons, Brad, and two of his friends, said they met Carter by his golf cart, which was parked in front of the house. They took him back inside and the police were called.
According to warrants issued by a Fayette County magistrate, Carter had a plastic bag of marijuana in his left shoe, and his breath smelled of alcohol