The Richmond County Superior Court deliberated for nearly four hours at the end of a three-day trial before reaching the unanimous decision that Killeon S. Cooper, 20, was not guilty.
Cooper was arrested along with Thaddaeus E. Williams Jr., 34, and Curtis Bonman, 30, in connection with the Aug. 27, 2013, slaying of Charlie Davis Jr., 31.
Davis was unarmed in Dogwood Terrace that night when, according to witnesses, three men arrived and began chasing and shooting at Davis.
Cooper’s defense attorney, Sadeer Sabbak of the public defender’s office, told the jury in his opening statement Monday that no witness identified Cooper as one of the gunmen and he didn’t match the descriptions of any of the assailants.
Sabbak stressed the difference in the ages of Cooper and the other two co-defendants and the victim. Cooper wasn’t hanging out with Williams or Bonman, and was anxiously awaiting the Army’s basic training after serving a year in the National Guard, Sabbak said.
Bonman, who was convicted in June and sentenced to life in prison plus five years, testified this week that Cooper was involved in the shooting. The men were after Davis who shorted them in a marijuana deal.
Williams has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial.