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Last of four accused in robbery, slaying on trial

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 7:53 PM
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 4:01 AM
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The last of four charged in the robbery and slaying of an 81-year-old man is on trial facing murder charges in Richmond County Superior Court.

Joseph L. Jordan  SPECIAL
Joseph L. Jordan

Authorities have accused Joseph L. Jordan, 20, of shooting Johnny Luckey as he sat watching television in his home on Hoods Lane on May 6, 2011.

Jordan’s trial began Tuesday. Much of Wednesday’s testimony centered on evidence found at the scene the night of May 6, when police found Luckey dead, shot twice with a 9 mm pistol.

Jurors were shown a video of the crime scene shot by Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Tom Johnson. The video showed a bullet hole in the kitchen window, where police say the first shot was fired at Luckey while he sat on his couch.

One shell casing was found outside the kitchen window and another on the screened front porch. Authorities say Luckey was shot again.

The video also showed the ransacked bedrooms and the position of Luckey’s body, sprawled on his back on his living room floor, still attached to his oxygen tank.

Part of Wednesday’s proceedings were consumed by a sparring match between Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter and defense attorney Maureen Floyd over whether testimony about co-defendants’ plea agreements could be introduced.

Markwalter objected each time it appeared Floyd wanted to ask witnesses about the pleas, saying that the dispositions of those cases were not relevant and the co-defendants had not testified yet.

Floyd continued to try to introduce discussion of the pleas but was overruled each time by Superior Court Judge Michael Annis.

At least two of the co-defendants are on the witness list, Markwalter said.

In May, two of the four pleaded guilty and were sentenced. Tracy Lindsey, 17, received 25 years in prison in exchange for a plea to armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Artavious Feazell, 19, accepted a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole as part of his guilty plea to murder.

A fourth defendant, Rufus Khalid-Durand Van, 18, who police say drove the car that night, pleaded guilty March 29 for his role in the robbery and received 20 years in prison.

Markwalter said a condition of all their pleas was that they would offer testimony in Jordan’s trial.

Authorities have said that Jordan admitted to the shooting. Testimony continues at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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OpenCurtain 11/14/12 - 10:33 pm
I understand the lawyer's job is to protect their clients.

But don't use trickery to let a murder walk on a technicality.

We only ask that Justice be done honestly and fairly.


bill cass
bill cass 11/15/12 - 06:50 am
Doing her job

Sounds to me like a defense counsel doing her job. The co-accused all cut deals. It is not a stretch to think they might shade the truth to benefit themselves. She wants to use their prior statements to prove that. Doesn't sound like trickery at all.

seenitB4 11/15/12 - 08:44 am
Think about this ...

Old 81 year old sitting on his couch watching tv----not bothering a soul...minding his own business....& thugs decide to kill him in cold blood.....& take his few possessions.....

soapy_725 11/15/12 - 08:46 am
Legal defense

can lie and use any other measures in a trial. The judge and the other lawyers in the courtroom are the only ones to speak that are not asked to "tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth". Even the defendants can take the stand, not under oath, and make statements. The judge instructs the jury that these statements are not under oath. But with today's jury pool, I doubt it is even considered. "He was on the witness stand, I heard him say he did not do it".

Woe to the doctors and the lawyers.

billcass 11/15/12 - 05:01 pm

Unfortunately, no one can stop this type of carnage, except maybe their parents, and my guess is at least one of them isn't around. We can elect all the sheriffs we want, and we can put 100 more cops on the streets, and this thing will happen until men start taking responsibility for their offspring, and women stop having babies like they are rabbits. The breakdown of the family structure is to blame. Not the sheriff or the police.

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