Trials begin in 2010 slaying, hijacking

 

Two trials began Monday in Richmond County Superior Court, including the case of Desmond Anthony, who is charged with the Nov. 28, 2010, murder of 20-year-old Samuel Carroll Jr.

Investigators found Car­roll’s body along a path near the north side of Building 1 of Fairway Village Apartments on Richmond Hill Road just after 9 p.m. Jamar Woodard, a witness who called 911, testified Monday that it was a drug deal that ended in gunfire.

Anthony is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.

Also Monday, jurors heard evidence in the case of Desmond Coley, who is charged with hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a first offender.

An indictment says he used a .357 Magnum to steal a Cadillac SRX from James Watkins on Dec. 15, 2011. Assistant District Attorney Sam Nicholson said in his opening statement that deputies found Coley hiding in a water heater closet at a nearby apartment complex. The car keys were found on top of the water heater. Nicholson said.

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