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Man guilty in slaying of disabled senior Johnny Luckey

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 10:16 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 1:51 AM
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A Richmond County jury found Joseph Lashun Jordan guilty on all charges Monday in the robbery and slaying of an 81-year-old disabled man who was shot while watching television in his south Augusta home.

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Defendant Joseph Lashun Jordan answers questions about the shooting death of 81-year-old Johnny Luckey, a disabled man killed while watching television. Jordan was found guilty of all charges.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Defendant Joseph Lashun Jordan answers questions about the shooting death of 81-year-old Johnny Luckey, a disabled man killed while watching television. Jordan was found guilty of all charges.

Jordan, 20, now faces spending the rest his days in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael Annis sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences for the charge of murder and for armed robbery, plus five years for weapons possession.

Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter said Jordan will never be eligible for parole.

Jordan was one of a group of four young men who conspired to rob and shoot Johnny Luckey the night of May 6, 2011, at his home on Hoods Lane. He and the others – Artavious Feazell, Tracy Lindsey and Rufus Khalid-Durand Van – were arrested a few days later.

Jordan claimed no knowledge of the incident when questioned by Richmond County sheriff’s investigators, but his story changed as he gave several statements over two days, until he eventually gave a full confession to Investigator Mark Dobbins.

That recorded confession was heard by jurors Friday.

On Monday, defense attorney Maureen Floyd argued that the confession was an attempt by Jordan to take the fall for his co-conspirators because he feared one of
them – Lindsey was still free and able to seek revenge if he cooperated with police.

“My client believed that Tracy Lindsey was still out and was still able to be the enforcer for Artavious Feazell,” Floyd said in closing arguments.

In his earlier statements and in court Monday, Jordan said it was Lindsey who had the 9 mm pistol and who aimed at Luckey through his kitchen window, firing a shot that left Luckey partially paralyzed and helpless on his couch.

Floyd implied that Lind­sey and Van, who testified for the defense, had cut deals with the prosecution and were laying the blame on her client in return for lesser sentences.

“Why is it that my client is facing all this nightmare? He is obviously not the
shooter,” Floyd told jurors. “There was real incentive for them to tell the story that they told.”

In May, 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.

Feazell, 19, accepted a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole as part of his guilty plea to murder.

Van, 18, who police say drove the car, pleaded guilty March 29 for his role in the robbery and received 20 years in prison.

Floyd asked jurors to return a verdict similar to the plea deal made by Lindsey – guilty of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Markwalter countered that the co-defendants’ pleas had nothing to do with what the jurors were being asked to consider, which was whether the state had proved its case.

Markwalter noted that Jordan had admitted under oath to burglary and armed robbery and was therefore guilty of felony murder, even if jurors didn’t believe he pulled the trigger.

“Johnny Luckey has got one chance at justice. You are the 12 folks who can do it,” he said.

David Luckey said he was satisfied with the verdict and the sentence, but he
still has lingering doubts about what exactly happened the night his father was killed.

“I would feel a lot better if whoever did it would just admit to it,” he said. “Right now we still really don’t know who pulled the trigger.”

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Curiousone1
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Curiousone1 11/20/12 - 12:45 am
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Trial

This is my father, and my sister and I know who shot him...and his name is Joseph Jordan and he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Thank God and thanks to a jury who listened and gave my father justice.

PitchFork007
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PitchFork007 11/20/12 - 10:06 am
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NO JUSTICE FOR AUGUSTA CITIZENS

Augusta's weak-willed judge and jury criminal justice system again failed both the murder victim and the citizens of Augusta. The only justice for these four cold-blooded murderers who participated in this exceptionally cruel and pointless premeditated murder of disabled, 81-y.o. Johnny Luckey is the death sentence.

rebellious
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rebellious 11/20/12 - 08:58 am
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The Zimmerman Action

can be better understood after considering the coldblooded potential of humans. Do you realize, had Mr. Luckey heard a noise outside, armed himself and shot one of these scum, he would be on trial.

I like OpenCurtains idea of justice. An eye for an eye, tooth for tooth.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/20/12 - 09:20 am
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"Augusta's weak-willed judge

"Augusta's weak-willed judge and jury criminal justice system again failed both the murder victim and the citizens of Augusta"

Maybe they are just realists and know that race still matters, and a jury "of his peers" in Richmond County would never convict for a death sentence.

avidreader
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avidreader 11/20/12 - 09:51 am
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Rulesof Engagement!

All court officers have to deal with strict guidelines in determining and dispensing justice. I'm just happy that all four were convicted and put away. 4 for 4 is pretty good these days. The ADA and judge should be commended, not trashed.

Heard too much
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Heard too much 11/20/12 - 10:30 am
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Guilty

As Mr. Luckey's daughter, my sister and I do not agree with our brother, David who said we still do not know who pulled the trigger. He is not speaking for the two of us. We know who pulled the trigger, he admitted pulling the trigger and anything said otherwise was just a ploy to try to get a chance at parole -- which I am happy to say he did not get. The DA and the judge and the jury did their jobs and we very much appreciate them. Justice was served and we feel we can finally look toward the future somewhat. My daddy is thought of every day with love and respect. He is with my sweet mama now and they are watching over all of us.

Jane18
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Jane18 11/20/12 - 10:34 am
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Premeditated AND Felony Murder--Death Sentence!

Curiousone and family, first let me say when I heard of this murder of your Dad, I was very upset. There he was, minding his own business, watching TV, and all the time, 4 good for nothings were right outside --plotting and planning. I am truly sorry for your loss, and more sorry for what your Dad had to go through. I am one of those people that definitely believes in the death penalty, and I am sorry these "feral animals" will not have to give "a life for a life". Two things I know, your Dad is in the presence of GOD, and you will see him again one day!Sometime, "free choice" is a very sad thing.....................

Jane18
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Jane18 11/20/12 - 10:38 am
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Heard too much

GOD Bless you, and I will remember you in my prayers.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 11/20/12 - 12:55 pm
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My heart hurts for the victim
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My heart hurts for the victim and his family, so tragic that this man lived to the grand old age of 81 and had his life taken by a crew of nefarious ignoramuses. It makes me sick to my stomach.

Also, I taught one of the suspects when he was in 9th grade. I am utterly shocked that he would participate in such a crime. I want to blame peer pressure or bullying or something but either way he is responsible. I know all those who know him are torn and confused by his actions. Prison never seemed like a place for this young man and I'm willing to bet he has every ounce of regret and remorse for this crime. If not, he's not the young man I remember in my classroom five years ago.

My final word, where is the housekeeper who told these young men about the invisible loot they were after? Has her role in this been fully investigated?

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/20/12 - 02:23 pm
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Good question Crackertroy

"...where is the housekeeper who told these young men about the invisible loot they were after?"

Did the AC post her name, and I miss it?
Was her role investigated in this to what point?
Was she a partner getting a split or just a blabber mouth?

Sounds like a whole additional AC story line.
Stories warning seniors about what they disclose to Healthcare workers, screening caregivers, bonding and more.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/20/12 - 05:48 pm
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blacks kill
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and worry not about the death penalty. A jury of their peers (blacks) will never sentence their own to death, regardless of the heinousness of the murder.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/25/12 - 08:54 am
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May his 2 life terms

come to a rapid end.

MrMatthews
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MrMatthews 11/25/12 - 11:45 am
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so we are going to pay to
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so we are going to pay to house, feed, educate, and entertain these savages for the rest of their lives? End their lives today. This is a travesty.

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