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Teenagers denied bond

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From left, murder suspects Joseph Jordan, Tracy Lindsey, Rufus Van and Artavious Feazell are escorted into courtroom 2G for their bond hearing at the new Judicial Center, Friday, May 20, 2011, in Augusta, Ga.
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Four Hephzibah teenagers charged with fatally shooting an 81-year-old man through his kitchen window are accused of killing him because they believed he had hidden money throughout his home.

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Joseph Jordan (from left), Tracey Lindsey, Rufus Van and Artavious Feazell are escorted into the courtroom for a bond hearing.   Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Joseph Jordan (from left), Tracey Lindsey, Rufus Van and Artavious Feazell are escorted into the courtroom for a bond hearing.

At a hearing Friday in which bond was denied for three of the teens, Assistant District Attorney Pittman Morris told the court that Johnny Luckey's housekeeper had previously mentioned to her cousin, Artavious Sylvester Feazell, that Luckey "had lots of cash and didn't believe in banks."

It was this conversation, Morris said, that "got the whole ball rolling."

Feazell, 19, along with Joseph L. Jordan, 18, and Tracey Lamont Lindsey, 15, stood in the courtroom -- hands in shackles -- as the district attorney laid out the state's case against them. Their co-defendant, 16-year-old Rufus Khalid-Durand Van, left the courtroom because his attorney was absent and attorneys asked that his bond hearing be continued.

Authorities believe the teens had been plotting to rob Luckey for about a week. Morris said officials do not know whether they planned to kill Luckey.

"The plan was to rob him," he said. "I don't know if it stopped there."

In the week leading up to the robbery, Feazell tried to get a 9 mm handgun and silencer. Jordan was able to acquire a handgun, and on May 6 they drove Van's sister's Mercedes Benz to the victim's home on Hoods Lane.

The suspects parked a short distance away, then Feazell, Lindsey and Jordan -- dressed in dark clothing -- gathered outside the home. Van, the alleged getaway driver, waited in the car.

Much of the authorities' information has come from Jordan, who was pulled over by deputies and questioned about 40 minutes after the slaying, Morris said.

In interviews with police, Jordan has admitted that he was the one who killed Luckey, Morris said.

"Jordan says he shot him through the window and shot him a second time," Morris said.

After the first shot, Morris said, the three teens entered the home. While Jordan stayed with Luckey, who was alive but lay bleeding on the floor, the others rummaged through the house looking for money.

They shoved two lockboxes into a duffle bag and as they prepared to leave, Jordan told police he shot Luckey a second time, Morris said. A neighbor spotted the teens as they fled the home, causing them to drop one of the lockboxes, which they retrieved later.

One box was full of papers and the teens were unable to open the other.

"Mr. Luckey appears to have been murdered and the defendants gained nothing from it," Morris said.

Public defenders for the three suspects described their clients' college aspirations and family ties to the area.

Lindsey moved to Hephzibah with his mother 10 months ago. Home-schooled and in the ninth grade, he hopes to be a doctor or possibly a lawyer one day.

Jordan worked at Fort Gordon, doing custodial work for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Feazell, a recent Cross Creek High School graduate, planned to join the military and had been accepted to two colleges.

After the hearing, red-eyed family members of Luckey gathered outside the courtroom.

Sylvester Bailey, the victim's son-in-law, said the family was glad the teens didn't get bond. He said his wife is now scared to leave the window blinds open at her home.

She thinks Luckey was probably asleep in his chair when the first gunshot was fired.

"We hope they stay there (in jail) for the rest of their lives," Bailey said. "All of them."

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 05/20/11 - 12:05 pm
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So what drives teenagers to

So what drives teenagers to need money so bad they are willing to kill for it?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/20/11 - 12:18 pm
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Who was the driver? Must have

Who was the driver? Must have been Van since he wasn't mentioned as one who gathered outside the home. And why would the housekeeper tell Feazell that the victim had lots of cash? How long had she been his housekeeper?

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 05/20/11 - 12:48 pm
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So when do we get to read

So when do we get to read about the hunt for the person who illegally supplied the firearm? I don't think any one of these fine upstanding citizens is old enough to own (or possess) a handgun? How intense is the search for that source?

Nightwing
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Nightwing 05/20/11 - 12:52 pm
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Sounds premeditated to me and

Sounds premeditated to me and all are equally as guilty in the crime and should be punished.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/20/11 - 12:58 pm
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@paulwheeler...you have a

@paulwheeler...you have a good point.

PrayN4U
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PrayN4U 05/20/11 - 01:05 pm
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I thank the Richmond county

I thank the Richmond county police for a great job in bringing them to justice. Premeditated, calculated and heartless is what this was. I feel for both families. When someone is committing a crime thay fail to think of the aftermath. Now the extended suffering begins for all connected to these four boys and Mr. Luckey's family. GOD, "have mercy upon all mankind".

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/20/11 - 01:07 pm
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So sad, and your are right

So sad, and your are right nightwing, sounds premeditated to me also. So you think someone has money and you think that you have a right to take it and you plan to get a gun and invade his home to steal from him and then you fire into the window prior to entering.....yeap premeditated. This poor man didn't have a chance.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 05/20/11 - 01:17 pm
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Nightwing, you are right.

Nightwing, you are right. This is as premeditated as it GETS.

jross1981
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jross1981 05/20/11 - 01:25 pm
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The three that entered the

The three that entered the house are blaming one another on who took the shot. Something tells me that they've never had to be resposible for their actions, so why start now?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/20/11 - 01:37 pm
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Augusta leaders take a good

Augusta leaders take a good look at this photo.....instead of worrying about what name the courthouse has or where to meet......how about putting some of your attention on the crime spree that goes on EVERYDAY. As leaders you are pathetic.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/20/11 - 01:41 pm
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Apparently the story has just

Apparently the story has just been updated. Looks like the shooter is Jordan. Has anyone else noticed that on every news report or photo Jordan seems to have a smurk on his face? Almost a slight grin.

Chillen
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Chillen 05/20/11 - 01:45 pm
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What a pack of animals.

What a pack of animals. Losers.

eagle
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eagle 05/20/11 - 02:25 pm
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Time to fire up Ol' Sparky or
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Time to fire up Ol' Sparky or sharpen the needle.

Pu239
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Pu239 05/20/11 - 02:45 pm
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I'm sure these fine young
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I'm sure these fine young gentlemen purchased their weapon of choice from a some greedy FFL dealer who neglected to run a background check or verify their information. Isn't that what you think? I'm positive there is no way possible that these upstanding individuals would have ever purchased an illegal firearm from some gang banger. I would probably also wager that they have a notarized bill of sale for this weapon to make the search for whoever supplied it that much easier...

draksig
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draksig 05/20/11 - 02:48 pm
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What drives teenagers to rob

What drives teenagers to rob and kill? Greed, a sense of entitlement and a total lack of a conscience.

pommom38
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pommom38 05/20/11 - 03:06 pm
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Since the housekeeper

Since the housekeeper couldn't keep her mouth shut, I feel she's liable for part of this too. What else did she tell them? House address obviously, that the man lived alone. Perhaps told them floor plan to.
I would charge her with something if possible. Sick, sick, sick!!
They didn't have to kill anyone. 4 of them, 1 old man.
Bring back the chair!!!

etlinks
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etlinks 05/20/11 - 04:17 pm
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I just hope people keep this

I just hope people keep this event close to the vest when they are chose for jury duty in other trials.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 05/20/11 - 04:59 pm
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I hope this goes all the way

I hope this goes all the way to a jury trial and they not be allowed to plea bargain for lessor sentence.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/20/11 - 05:18 pm
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How many of these young males

How many of these young males lived in households with their respective mothers and fathers?

THE REAL HEROES of this world are the mothers and fathers who care for their offspring everyday.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 05/20/11 - 06:35 pm
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If Feazell was attempting to

If Feazell was attempting to obtain a handgun AND a silence, then it would seem to me that murder was on their minds. That shows "malice aforethought." Put me on the jury. I would show the same mercy to them that they showed Mr. Luckey. And, if they are found guilty, the punishment should be death by means of one bullet to the head.

Pu239
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Pu239 05/20/11 - 06:45 pm
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fatboyhog.......I think it
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fatboyhog.......I think it would be more appropriate for these animals to be gut shot like Mr. Luckey was.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/20/11 - 06:54 pm
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These young men mistakenly

These young men mistakenly came upon the home looking for directions to Bible study; everything else that happened was a series of accidents they had no part in deciding. We mustcassume the gun was made during a Republican administration by a white male; inevitable conclusion: It's Bush's fault!

Justin4466
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Justin4466 05/20/11 - 09:05 pm
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Ridiculous! prayers go out to

Ridiculous! prayers go out to the Lucky family.

bclicious
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bclicious 05/21/11 - 03:35 am
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That's really funny. Yeah, I

That's really funny.

Yeah, I do think we should throw the book at these monsters; however, I think it would be better if we could save the money and just move on to summary execution!

Also, I think it would better if we could just hang'em.

bclicious
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bclicious 05/21/11 - 03:36 am
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I'll even go one step further

I'll even go one step further and say that we do a public execution.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/21/11 - 06:24 am
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I'd really like to know what

I'd really like to know what is going on these days with the youth and guns. Someone out there is supplying these thugs with these weapans, and this mentality. What teen living at home with parents needs money so bad they go out and murder for it?

fbraxto
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fbraxto 05/21/11 - 07:50 am
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Patty-P you are correct, I

Patty-P you are correct, I think instead of killing someone the kids should have asked their parents for the money. I have a brother who acts like getting money by any means. Hey dropped out of school, and refuses to get his GED. He has no respect for others and acts like we as an paying taxpayers owes him everything.

bclicious
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bclicious 05/21/11 - 08:00 am
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Why ask for something, when

Why ask for something, when you can take it? You have to understand the thug mentality!

Work is for losers; obeying the law is for punks, women are nothing, but sex objects; law enforcement is the enemy; if someone disrepects you, kill them; if you see something you want, take it!

These are just a few of the many principles that the Thug-Gangsters follow.

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 05/21/11 - 09:49 am
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To those of you calling these

To those of you calling these low-lifes animals... animals don't behave this way. They only kill for food or when threatened. None of these pathetic losers looks hungry and shooting someone in their home through a window doesn't imply a threat.

They simply wanted this man's money and were going to take it by whatever means possible. They need to be removed from society permanently.

WW1949
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WW1949 05/21/11 - 10:21 am
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Fbraxto, the best thing you

Fbraxto, the best thing you could do is get away from your brother and his warped ideas. The best thing your mother could do is put him out. He will take everything you or your mother have if you let him. As for the killers of Mr. Luckey, do away with them. I would stand by belicious at the public hanging if I knew who he was.

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