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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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bclicious
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bclicious 05/21/11 - 10:58 am
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Rock-on WW1949!

Rock-on WW1949!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 05/21/11 - 12:23 pm
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Gutless wonders. (The alleged

Gutless wonders. (The alleged perps).

dani
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dani 05/21/11 - 12:49 pm
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Is that a photo of teenagers?

Is that a photo of teenagers?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/21/11 - 01:41 pm
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fbraxto...I think with the

fbraxto...I think with the ages of these kids, they need to start to learn to EARN money or rewards of any kind. What I don't understand is that Jordan was working - apparently the money he was making on Fort Gordon just didn't cut it. There is definitely something going on with these kids nowadays with their greed for money and material things at such an early age.

bullldog1944
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bullldog1944 05/21/11 - 02:39 pm
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Patty_P, ‘There is definitely

Patty_P, ‘There is definitely something going on with these kids nowadays with their greed for money and material things at such an early age.’
They are taught to expect something for nothing. They sit around all day listening to violence from rappers talking about shooting cops. But that must be cool after all Hussein invited a rapper who praises a convicted cop killer to the white house.

bclicious
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bclicious 05/21/11 - 11:10 pm
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DANI "Is that a photo of

DANI
"Is that a photo of teenagers?"

YES, it most definitely is. Regardless of age, once you break 1 of the seven deadly sins crimes in Georgia, your identity and image are made public.

Good to know, huh?

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 05/22/11 - 01:48 am
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Two of them are listed as

Two of them are listed as being 18 and 19. They may still be in their teens, but they are considered adults in the eyes of the law.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/22/11 - 03:38 am
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Did the public defenders

Did the public defenders really believe that "college aspirations" and "ties to the area" reduce the reprehensible nature of this crime and the manner in which its alleged perpetrators should be treated by the court?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/22/11 - 03:39 am
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CONDOLENCES to the families

CONDOLENCES to the families of all the people involved in this heinous crime.

freeradical
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freeradical 05/22/11 - 06:41 am
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Why don't they call them

Why don't they call them "adults" if legally they are going to stand

before a judge as "adults"?

The same reason these cowards are smiling about it.

"execution" my hairy pimply posterior.

Not only will they not be executed, they know full well that they will not

spend life in prison, and very likely will not serve any great jail time.

bclicious
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bclicious 05/22/11 - 06:48 am
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Yes, that is true. They will

Yes, that is true. They will most definitely not be executed, nor will they served more then 20-25 years in jail each. Although the majority of them will likely be convicted as murderers; it is likely that they will be paroled as soon as they are eligible. Perhaps they will even get time off their sentence for good behavior.

Regardless! I agree with freeradical, and I state that these kids will have the last laugh!

cruiser93
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cruiser93 05/22/11 - 10:12 am
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Some of you are asking why ?

Some of you are asking why ? How ? Have you listened to and noticed the message that kids have been getting for years now ??? It's in the music and coming out of the mouths of people around them that they look up to... the ones who have the "tricked-out" ride, the wad of cash(from selling drugs and guns, NOT working), etc. Whether you want to believe it or not, GANGS ARE HERE !!! They are everywhere and if you think that this is bad(which it is), just wait.... you aint seen NOTHIN' YET !!! It will get worse. This is what you call being a product of our environment...reaping what we sow...ignoring what was going on around us HOPING that it would go away. Well, it did not. It grew like a cancer and now is taking over and it is coming to a street/neighborhood near YOU. RCSO(and surrounding areas)... you better double, no triple, no QUADRUPLE the size of your Gang Taskforce if you plan to even try to fight this and, if the taxpayers want to argue that it costs too much to equip these officers then maybe you should put your priorities straight and quit drinking, smoking(pot too, you know YOU are supplying these thugs when you buy it) and all of your other "niceties" that you cry about when you don't have them and PUT THE MONEY INTO YOUR COMMUNITY !!!!!!! And, if you decide not to.... don't come online whining when this same thing hit's YOUR side of the track.

oldfella
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oldfella 05/22/11 - 11:10 am
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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?"

Whatever - nothing personal, but give it a rest already! Newsflash - guns are everywhere, and bad people can find guns. When I was their age almost EVERYONE had guns or could get them ANYWHERE from ANYONE. And imagine this.....we didn't run around killing people! And I guarantee there are thousands of young people here in the CSRA that have been shooting and owning guns since they were pre-teens who will never, ever use a weapon to harm someone. So let's stop accusing the gun/music/clothing industry of being enablers, and put the blame right squarely on these four criminals.

cruiser93
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cruiser93 05/22/11 - 11:16 am
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"So let's stop accusing the

"So let's stop accusing the gun/music/clothing industry of being enablers, and put the blame right squarely on these four criminals."

oldfella... you just made my point for me..... what I described was not around when YOU were a "youngfella".... that is why we did not have these types of crimes.
Thanks for helping me make my point :)

WW1949
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WW1949 05/22/11 - 11:19 am
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College material, my

College material, my backside. They look like a bunch of numskulls to me.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/22/11 - 12:43 pm
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What difference does it make

What difference does it make what their aspirations are/were? They ruined that opportunity. Well we are in Augusta though - they just might get off.

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 05/23/11 - 09:10 am
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College aspirations? I find

College aspirations? I find it hard to believe that anyone who would (allegedly) shoot an old man for money actually has any interest in having a career to earn honest money.

100% agreement with oldfella... I grew up in CC and lived in Burke Co. Most of the guys I knew at EHS had shotguns or rifles and they didn't shoot PEOPLE with them. Not ONE.
Almost ALL of the boys at EBA (where my girls attended school) had rifles or shotguns... again, they didn't shoot PEOPLE.

It has nothing to do with the gun and everything to do with the person holding it.

Adder
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Adder 05/25/11 - 01:02 am
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Here are 4 "reasons" why
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Here are 4 "reasons" why citizens "need" high-capacity police-style firearms.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/26/11 - 03:52 pm
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premeditated murder in the
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premeditated murder in the commission of a crime, let me see their "enablers" will be in the courtroom dressed in their sunday best, crying and wailing on how racism is the reason they were arrested. the accused will be clutching bibles, telling the judge how they are sorry and they "just got caught up" and if they are released they will now go to college or to the military. their "scum-bag lawyers" (are they the hawk brothers????-they like defending butchers and cold-blooded killers) will tell the judge/court how their clients were "disadvantaged" growing up in a "non-privledged" household and they had problems in school, they were unable to comprehend the tests because of slavery, and the impact slavery had on their ability to learn, and the damage it caused to their self-esteem. the only other apologists missing are the "justice brothas" hey has anyone seen al or jessie, trying to orgainze a "march for justice/a march for peace??" the only thing needed is 1 hollow point bullet to the back of each of their heads....

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