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Jury acquits man in 2013 Augusta homicide

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 7:29 PM
Last updated 8:55 PM
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A young man jailed for nearly a year awaiting trial on charges of murder was acquitted Wednesday.

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.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/21/14 - 05:34 am
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A PD got an acquittal?

In a murder trial?
I'm going outside to look at the blue moon.
Well done, Mr. Sabbak!

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 08/21/14 - 06:03 am
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Moving Forward

I hope Mr. Cooper can move forward with his life and it seems as if the Public Defender did his homework well on this case.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/21/14 - 06:49 am
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A killing, an arrest, a verdict

The court system has spoken.

Too bad some other areas don't understand this simple process.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 08/21/14 - 08:10 am
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Seems like

Recently, those arrested have realized that they have a chance at getting off if they don't take a plea because the DA doesn't have any evidence...they are just bluffing.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 08/21/14 - 03:07 pm
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Why do you thump

Down on all of us?
And you don't show yourself?

historylover
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historylover 08/21/14 - 03:51 pm
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Not me "thumping down!"

My question in this case though is why has this man been held for a year only to be acquitted. Seems to me like that is a problem we should all pay attention to. Could be any of us including the law abiding amongst us.

Lilyfromthemills (by the way I have always loved your name on here!) I have noticed a whole lot of thumbs down being given lately even when the post is kind, on spot and not offensive to anyone.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 08/22/14 - 06:28 am
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History

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