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Trial begins for first of three suspects charged with 2013 shooting death of man

Monday, June 23, 2014 8:07 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:13 AM
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Trial began Monday for the first of three men accused of gunning down a man in an Augusta public housing complex.

Curtis M. Bonman, 30, is on trial for the shooting death of Charles David Davis, 31.
Curtis M. Bonman, 30, is on trial for the shooting death of Charles David Davis, 31.

Charles David Davis could have survived the gunshot wound to his hip the night of Aug. 27 if he had stopped running and applied pressure, Assistant District Attorney Melissa Marks said in her opening statement.

Davis, 31, couldn’t stop running, though, because three men were chasing and shooting at him, Marks said.

Curtis M. Bonman, 30, is accused of being one of those men. He has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to murder and weapon violations.

Bonman, Thaddaeus Williams, 34, and Killeon Cooper, 20, were identified as the three armed men who fired shots at Davis. Cooper was the one who wanted to hurt him because he believed Davis had shorted him on a marijuana deal, Marks said.

Cooper was the one who actually killed Davis, defense attorney Jason Hasty told the jury in his opening statement.

Bonman understands that the prosecutor contends he is just as guilty because he was a party to the crime, but the prosecutor still has to prove intent and Bonman had no intent to harm Davis, Hasty said. Bonman fired only one time, and that was straight up in the air, Hasty said.

Cooper and Williams will be tried separately at a later date.

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