Originally created 06/13/06

Slaying suspects indicted

Two suspects in the April 25 beating death of a Jenkins County coach were indicted on murder charges Monday, including the victim's 29-year-old wife.

Tracy Rhodes Harley and Rico Orlando Walker, 35, were indicted in Jenkins County Superior Court in the death of 31-year-old Steven Kyle Harley, of Millen, said Elizabeth Landing, the Jenkins County clerk of Superior Court.

Arraignment is tentatively scheduled for June 29, Ms. Landing said.

At about 1 a.m. April 25, police received a 911 call reporting that Mr. Harley had been found dead inside a double-wide mobile home he shared with his wife and two young sons.

Jenkins County Coroner Henry Young concluded that Mr. Harley had died of "blunt force trauma" to the top of his head and also had an apparent stab wound to the neck.

On May 14, nearly three weeks after the homicide, Mr. Walker was arrested in Hartwell, Ga.,and charged with murder.

Mrs. Harley was arrested May 17 at Blakeney Elementary School in Waynesboro, where she teaches third grade.

Mr. Harley was a self-employed truck driver and coached youth football and baseball for the Burke County Recreation Department.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Gerald Hill presented the case for indictment Monday before Judge John R. Turner, Ms. Landing said.

Jenkins County is part of the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, which includes Jenkins, Screven, Bullock and Effingham counties.

Jenkins County Sheriff Timothy Fields said that Mr. Walker remains at the Jefferson County jail and that Mrs. Harley is still detained at the Screven County Jail.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.


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