Last of four accused in robbery, slaying on trial

Joseph L. Jordan

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.

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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