Court hearings set for suspects in deputy’s fatal shooting

Several men charged in connection with Thursday’s fatal shooting of an off-duty Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy are scheduled to have their first court appearance Tuesday.


Two men – Naheem R. Caldwell, 17, and Donnell Osborne, 18 – are charged with murder in the death of Cpl. Gregory Cooke on June 15.

Cooke, 43, was shot after allegedly getting into an argument at a home on the 2400 block of Lennox Road, which is off Windsor Spring Road. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working the case.

Two teens – Nikeyla Reeves, 17, and Demerius T. Hunter, 17 – are charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal. Neqwaun O. Roberson, 18, has been charged with hindering but has not yet been arrested.

Stevie D. Caldwell, 46, is charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He had prior convictions for forgery in Douglas County in 2006, and for possession of cocaine in 1993 and burglary in 1991 in Richmond County, according to the Department of Correction’s website.

The men are scheduled for an initial appearance at 3 p.m. at the county jail.

Cooke began with the sheriff’s office in December 2014 after spending 20 years in the Army.

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