Murder conviction upheld

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The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the murder conviction Monday of an Augusta man found guilty of participating in the killing of an off-duty city police officer 17 years ago.

In an unanimous nine-page decision, the state's highest court ruled Charles Lee Boseman was fairly tried and convicted in Richmond County Superior Court in April 1994.

Mr. Boseman, then 18, was the first of three young men arrested in the Dec. 18, 1990, slaying of Augusta Police Sgt. Charles "Tommy" Hammock.

Sgt. Hammock had just arrived home at the Damascus Woods Apartments that night when several young men walked up to his vehicle. Before he could exit his truck, one of the men shot him.

Days later, Mr. Boseman talked to a friend about getting the police reward money because he knew who shot Sgt. Hammock. The friend called the police and the police picked up Mr. Boseman for questioning. He confessed.

Before the day was over, police charged Mr. Boseman, Rodriquez Antonio Jones, then 20, and Robert Lee McIntyre, then 19. The district attorney announced he would seek the death penalty and each defendant would stand trial separately.

Mr. Jones was the first tried. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Mr. McIntyre stood trial next and was acquitted. Mr. Boseman was the last tried.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled the evidence against Mr. Boseman was sufficient to find him guilty to being a party to the crime. The court rejected defense arguments that Mr. Boseman's statement was coerced. The court also rejected the contention Mr. Boseman's trial attorney should have called witnesses to testify about another suspect's alleged confession to Sgt. Hammock's killing.

Augusta attorney Peter Johnson, who represented Mr. Boseman on appeal, said he anticipated the court's ruling but still finds the case against Mr. Boseman disturbing.

The evidence pointed to another group of young men involved in a robbery and car-jacking spree around the time of Sgt. Hammock's murder, Mr. Johnson said.

Mr. Boseman did confess, but Mr. Johnson said he thinks Mr. Boseman's limited intellect and youth at the time of his questioning led to a false confession.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

BACKGROUND: In Augusta in 1990, three police officers were wounded in separate shootings before Sgt. Charles "Tommy" Hammock, 53, was gunned down on Dec. 18, 1990. Four days later, Charles Lee Boseman was arrested when he implicated himself and two others -- Rodriquez Antonio Jones and Robert Lee McIntyre. In separate trials, Mr. Jones and Mr. Boseman were convicted and Mr. McIntyre was acquitted.

DEVELOPMENTS: On Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Charles Lee Boseman's murder conviction, ruling that he was fairly tried and convicted in 1994.

BACK STORY

In Augusta in 1990, three police officers were wounded in separate shootings before Sgt. Charles "Tommy" Hammock, 53, was gunned down on Dec. 18, 1990.


Four days later Charles Lee Boseman was arrested when he implicated himself and two others - Rodriquez Antonio Jones and Robert Lee McIntyre.


In separate trials, Mr. Jones is convicted, Mr. McIntyre is acquitted and Mr. Boseman is convicted.

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charlie-D
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charlie-D 04/01/08 - 07:56 am
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Peter Johnson should have to

Peter Johnson should have to pay all expenses incurred in this appeal.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/01/08 - 07:59 am
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"In Augusta in 1990, three

"In Augusta in 1990, three police officers were wounded in separate shootings before Sgt. Charles "Tommy" Hammock, 53, was gunned down on Dec. 18, 1990.". I wasn't living here at that time but can anyone tell me, did the shootings stop after these guys were arrested?

christian134
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christian134 04/01/08 - 09:07 am
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AugustaVoter, sadly it seems,

AugustaVoter, sadly it seems, there will always be some boil on the backside of humanity when it comes to murdering our police officers. At least this time the one who committed the murders will stay where they are....

1trugent
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1trugent 04/01/08 - 09:31 am
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The thugs ( scum ) involved

The thugs ( scum ) involved in the shooting death of Sgt. Hammock should have all received the death penalty. They got off lightly, but I hope they never stept a foot outside prison again.

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opinion1 04/01/08 - 09:43 am
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Does anybody know why Mr.

Does anybody know why Mr. McIntyre was acquitted and the other two were convicted if Mr. Boseman told the investigators that McIntyre was involved just like he and Mr. Jones were? Just curious..

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/01/08 - 09:45 am
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c134 I agree but you didn't

c134 I agree but you didn't answer my question...

jack
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jack 04/01/08 - 11:22 am
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Makes me want to puke that

Makes me want to puke that this murderer has been lounging in jail and filing appeals at tax payer expense for 17 years! I am all for overhauling the judicial system and allow a limited amount of appeals in either/or state/fed courts.

unhappytaxpayer
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unhappytaxpayer 04/01/08 - 11:36 am
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Augusta voter - - The

Augusta voter - - The shooting in this particular case has ceased, but all shootings have nor ceased in the Augusta Richmond County Area. There hasve been several cases in which our officers have been involved in shootings but some how survived. Mr. Boseman is serving his time for many years to come - - rightfully so.

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numbr1jem 04/01/08 - 01:32 pm
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It’s to my understanding that

It’s to my understanding that there had to be someone named in these crimes so why not pick up a little boy who just turned 17, with the intellectual ability that of a 8 year old. Thinking he would get a reward because he possibly knew who it was, he was tricked into a confession after over days of no sleep and no food. A reward, a soda, and a nice sandwich look good after deprivation. Oh yeah just say it was your buddies and that you were there and you will get out of this and get everything that we promised you. Just sign here.

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darktall 04/01/08 - 01:34 pm
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augustavoter, I do not know

augustavoter, I do not know the answer to your question but I do not remember this being a police officer shooting spree like the story is trying to indicate. I do not believe these particular men were involved in any other shootings of police officers, they simply followed this innocent man home from an Aquinas basketball game and chose to murder him for a few dollars. This is no place to laugh but its just funny that when you asked a simple question you get these people trying to give you all these deep and society explaining answers. Just made me laugh seeing your obvious frustration of trying to get a straight answer.

christian134
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christian134 04/01/08 - 03:35 pm
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What is your point

What is your point augustavoter? As for the question anyone who is within earshot of a tv or newspaper knows it didn't. The ones who committed this series of murders were caught that is what matters. To those of us who have husbands, wives, sons, and daughters on the force we are most happy this scum is left where they belong.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/01/08 - 08:41 pm
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My point is simple. If they

My point is simple. If they had this so-called "rash" of police shootings (as implied by the quote I added earlier) and they miraculously ceased when these idiots were arrested. Then it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out...

Yak1
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Yak1 04/02/08 - 04:50 pm
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number...you truly are an

number...you truly are an idiot.

This was a hunt down of Police Officers by wastes of Human Flesh. Its too bad the worst that will happen will be that he is put to sleep.

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birdhead 04/02/08 - 10:10 pm
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First of all, this police

First of all, this police officer was a working family man. Police officers go to work just like others who have jobs. This law enforcement is a job. We work the same hours as others workers. If those boys or young men did a crime by destroying the life of another person, each of them should be punish. People work overtime to care for their needs. It is very sad when we have to work overtime, just to make ends meet. But, it is even worst when a young person rob you or me of money and then kill us, too. If the officer would have kill one of them for no reason, there family would sue everyone and demand the officer to never get out of jail. So, remember the officer had family too. Evil must be stopped and the time is now.

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