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Jurors hear defendant's taped confession in brutal slaying

Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 7:05 PM
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They planned to shoot Johnny Luckey from the start.

Joseph L. Jordan  SPECIAL
Joseph L. Jordan

That’s what Joseph L. Jordan, 20, told a Richmond County sheriff’s investigator a day after he and three others were arrested on robbery and murder charges.

In the third day of testimony in Richmond County Superior Court, jurors heard Jordan’s confession to the shooting in a recorded interview with sheriff’s Investigator Mark Dobbins from May 11, 2011. The interview occurred five days after police say the group of teens executed their plan to shoot and rob 81-year-old Luckey, who was disabled and lived alone at the end of a secluded street off Tobacco Road.

In the recording, Jordan explains to Dobbins how he and Artavious Feazell hatched a plan, which later included two others they knew from time spent at the public alternative school on Bungalow Road.

It was what they called an “easy lick.” They would shoot Luckey and take his money, Jordan told Dobbins.

“Feazell said he had overheard a conversation by his cousin that Luckey didn’t believe in banks and had a lot of money at his residence,” testified Dobbins, referring to his conversation with Jordan.

Arrested with Jordan were Feazell, 19; Rufus Khalid-Durand Van, 18; and Tracy Lindsey, 17. Van, Lindsey and Feazell pleaded guilty to charges associated with the case in return for sentences of 20 years for Van, 25 years for Lindsey and life with the possibility of parole for Feazell. As part of their plea deals, the three agreed to cooperate with investigators and testify in Jordan’s trial.

Feazell backed out of that agreement Fri­day morning, refusing to testify.

His attorney, Kirk Gilliard, said his client had invoked his Fifth Amendment right, and as such, the judge could choose to vacate his sentence and force him to stand trial and face the possibility of life without parole.

Lindsey and Van did take the witness stand Friday, each giving testimony that placed a chrome 9mm pistol in Jordan’s hands the night of the slaying, May 6, 2011.

Lindsey, one of three who entered Luckey’s home, told jurors he saw Jordan point the pistol at Luckey’s kitchen window and heard him fire the shot.

Lindsey said he and Jordan had watched Luckey sitting on his couch through the window before Jordan took aim.

“He said, ‘I’m about to go ahead and shoot,’ ” Lindsey testified.

Lindsey said Jordan took the lead, breaking down the door and firing another shot into the victim’s stomach.

In the recorded interview, Jordan claims Luckey was still on the couch and breathing but otherwise unaware of his surroundings. He told Dobbins that Feazell – also known as Tay – urged him to fire again.

“Tay was like, ‘Go ahead and shoot him; you already shot him once,’ ” Jordan said in the recording.

Jordan said he fired again and the three set about searching the house. They came away with two lockboxes in a black duffle bag and left the fatally wounded Luckey on the floor, bleeding and still connected to his oxygen machine.

Fearing a neighbor had seen them, they bolted to the car, and Lindsey said he left the bag in the street.

In his testimony, Van, who was waiting behind the wheel of a black Mercedes in a nearby apartment complex, said that when the three returned to the vehicle he saw Jordan with a gun.

“When they got back into the car (Lindsey and Feazell) said, ‘He shot him,’ ” Van said, indicating they were referring to Jordan.

After sending Lindsey back for the dropped duffle bag, the four went to another man’s home, where Jordan said he had borrowed the pistol, and went through the lockboxes.

All they found were old check stubs and other papers, witnesses testified.

In the recording, Jordan told Dobbins the group was disappointed.

“That was a shame that the guy was killed for no reason,” Jordan said.

The trial continues Mon­day at 1 p.m.

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tanbaby 11/17/12 - 08:28 am
oh i just love the

oh i just love the statement--"that was a shame that the guy was killed for no reason"....typical thug response....but no surprise...i suppose if they had found some money, he would have been killed "for a good reason"?????

rmwhitley 11/17/12 - 10:24 am

young Tea Party representatives.

proud2bamerican 11/17/12 - 11:30 am

Three teenagers plotting and scheming murder and robbery, then brutally murdering an innocent, defenseless man. The murder was only a "shame" to the teens because they didn't get any money out of it. Do the parents feel any remorse or accountability in this horrific event? Does our community believe locking up kids is going to put an end to the violence? Do you realize how pervasive this kind of desensitized mentality is now? Only a loving God can change the hearts and minds of our youth....who will tell them?

linux 11/17/12 - 12:21 pm
What then?

"Does our community believe locking up kids is going to put an end to the violence"

Hmm, what would you suggest then? This mentality is pervasive in liberal cities with collections of low income people where the fathers are likely in jail themselves or gone and the teenagers have little guidance or limits. It's not pervasive everywhere as you say.

There have been programs, assistance and hand-wringing for decades with little progress to show for it. I don't know what to do except hire more police and throw the little hoodies in jail when they break the law.

cruiser93 11/17/12 - 01:18 pm
I will

I will save the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of me 1/3 of what it would take to house each one for their sentence and I will put a bullet in them(after they get a chance to talk to their maker, of course) like THEY ALL DID Mr. Luckey. Justice is served the CORRECT way and the evil ones are destroyed.
Okay, who is the first one who is going to cry about my plan not solving anything? I know at least one is out there....

cruiser93 11/17/12 - 01:37 pm
After Reading

After reading my previous comment.... I will do it for FREE this time, for Mr. Luckey.
After that...hire me, give the victims family/friends peace, untie the hands of the judicial system, unclog the overcrowded prison system, perform REAL justice, save taxpayer dollars that can be spent actually accomplishing something FOR THE TAXPAYERS, send a message to all of the other thugs out there who are premeditating murders, and finally...bring me out of being jobless!!!
I know that I missed something...

OpenCurtain 11/17/12 - 05:18 pm
May his trail be swift and fair

But unlike his victim, his death will be painless.

Tullie 11/17/12 - 06:09 pm
I say

cruiser93 for Sherrifff!!!!

Oh..too bad it is too late for that ;o(

cruiser93 11/18/12 - 02:42 am

Thank you very much for the nomination Tullie ! I would have gladly accepted :)

Patty-P 11/20/12 - 08:00 pm
Rather put them in jail than

Rather put them in jail than to continuously see innocent people suffer the consequences of their crimes.

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