Boy admits to charges in slaying

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A 12-year-old boy who told investigators he fired one of the gunshots in a fatal home invasion admitted Wednesday to committing the criminal acts he is accused of.

Richmond County Juvenile Court Judge Jennifer McKinzie said Coreon A. Jackson admitted to four criminal offenses -- felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault and a weapon violation connected to the March 19 shooting death of 65-year-old Roosevelt Cowins.

Because of his age, Coreon's case is in juvenile court instead of adult or Superior Court. Children younger than 13 cannot be prosecuted as adults.

Wednesday's hearing was closed to the public. Judge McKinzie said Coreon's two attorneys, his court-appointed guardian, his grandmother and his mother were present to ensure Coreon fully understood his rights and that he was voluntarily making the admission.

Under juvenile court rules, Coreon can still withdraw his admission and insist on a trial, which has been scheduled for Wednesday. If Coreon chooses to stand on the admission, Judge Pamela James will determine his sentence.

The maximum time he could be confined in a juvenile justice facility is until age 21.

Coreon has been detained since his arrest after Mr. Cowins was shot to death in his Fenwick Street home.

Investigator James Kelly testified at earlier hearings that Coreon told detectives he went to Mr. Cowins' home with Willie H. Casey to collect a debt. Investigator Kelly quoted Coreon as saying Mr. Casey shot Mr. Cowins twice in the back and forced him to shoot Mr. Cowins, too.

Mr. Casey, 21, was found dead, hanging from a bed sheet tied to a ceiling air vent, in a jail cell on March 24.

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

WHAT'S NEXT?

A judge will determine Coreon Jackson's sentence, unless he withdraws his admission and insists on a trial.

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christian134
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christian134 07/24/08 - 04:32 am
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This is about the saddest

This is about the saddest commentary on the "self-absorbed,give it all to me, desensitized generation" this country has spawned..The horror of it would have to be the age of murderers....People this country's lack of morality has shifted so that no one will be safe if one crosses one of these child-adult's path...This man, like so many others today, didn't deserve to live to his age just to be gunned down by an uncaring demonic child...He deserved to live out his golden years in peace and safety until his time had come to go home...Pray for this child and all our children and most of all a revival of the family unit with God in control.

Reality
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Reality 07/24/08 - 04:37 am
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This sends a strong message

This sends a strong message to the younger thugs, if you are under a certain age the time you get will be minimum....At least we all know when he gets out in a few years he will be a well trained criminal........Back in our society......

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/24/08 - 04:52 am
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This is a sad look into the

This is a sad look into the lifestyle of irresponsibility and those that live in that world. The throw-away children and the low value of human life... The result of children without parents having children who, of course, don't have parents...This disease is leeching into general society and will continue to spread as long as the lifestyle is promoted by political correctness and misdirected government subsidy.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/24/08 - 05:35 am
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The numbers of "children

The numbers of "children without parents" are legion. These numbers include not only those children who do not live with their procreators but also includes those children who live with procreators who are inadequately interested in their offsprings' proper upbringings. As Riley of "Life With Riley" used to put it: "What a revolting development this is."

justus4
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justus4 07/24/08 - 05:45 am
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This story is an exercise in
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This story is an exercise in credibility. The first sentence gives inference that a confession was made. Given historicial data, a review of previous behavior, the convenient absence of critical evidence, climate of apathy for particular individuals, and complete disregard for Bill of Rights and Constitution, there is reasonable doubt that the stated facts are credible.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/24/08 - 06:02 am
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Does this mean you'd take

Does this mean you'd take this 12 year old into your house to raise, justus4?

ripjones
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ripjones 07/24/08 - 06:17 am
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Justus4 - You are so full of

Justus4 - You are so full of it. And you know full well what the "it" is. What in the hell is a twelve year old boy carrying a gun?? As stated above, He was popped out by his mom, but was being raised by his grandmother. I did not see the word "father", in the list of court attendees. Where is he?? A sad case to be sure, but I agree with Reality -- he'll be back in our midst, a wise 21 year old criminal. We need to reform our prison system, and provide an actual alternative to criminal behavior.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/24/08 - 06:20 am
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Did anyone watch "Black in

Did anyone watch "Black in America" last night on CNN? Everyone both black and white should watch it, it was a very interesting documentary. May help alot of people who post better understand the other side of life, and believe it or not the documentary is not one sided at all. These young kids have no direction in life, no fathers in the picture and far to many single moms on drugs and in the streets, even though what he did was so wrong you have to feel sorry for the children, they didn't ask to be born into the envirnonments they are in. I pray that he will be helped while in detention and perhaps come out as a better person. Giving up on young criminals is not the answer.

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firefigthenhamer 07/24/08 - 06:23 am
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How can he understand the

How can he understand the charges against him, undoubtly his mother and grandmother can't. Wasn't his mama in jail at the time of the murder ?

firefigthenhamer
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firefigthenhamer 07/24/08 - 06:25 am
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Ignore Justice4, he will

Ignore Justice4, he will wither on the vine.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/24/08 - 06:29 am
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Good try MAYHEM or

Good try MAYHEM or whatevermynameforthenextfiveminutesis. I agree with PatriciaThomas.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/24/08 - 06:29 am
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True enough, 5:00, but the

True enough, 5:00, but the place to nip this problem is at the beginning. A 12 year old taught to totally disrespect life and the rights of others is beyond reprogramming. Help isn't what prison is about. It's just a system to remove the offender from society. He'll be reintroduced in a few years with the same attitudes. As long as we continue to promote these type of children with government programs and political correctness, we'll continue to produce them in ever growing quantities.

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ldsmith1 07/24/08 - 06:32 am
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At the hearing, his

At the hearing, his "court-appointed guardian, his grandmother and his mother were present". As usual, no father, not even a grandfather or an uncle.

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 07/24/08 - 06:42 am
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the type of environment that

the type of environment that he comes from needs to be punished instead of rewarded. These types of "mothers" are rewarded with free housing, free food, free healthcare. After one child is born out of wedlock on welfare if the "mother' wants a free ride the government (who is footing the bill) should demand a tubal. If they refuse the following children should should cause a penalty. loss of funding, loss of rebate checks. loss of stimulus money. If the government would quit supporting this mind set it might stop.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/24/08 - 06:43 am
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It's starts in the home. The

It's starts in the home. The respect for others and their property begins at an early age. The fear of disappointing your parents was placed in us from the time we knew right from wrong. Envy, greed and lack of respect and lack of self respect are at the root of this problem.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/24/08 - 06:43 am
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You said the right word

You said the right word Patricia, "taught" who taught him? Some criminal who knew that this child could be influenced. But because they happen to be black and born to a single mom they should not be allowed to be on welfare? That dosen't make sense. To nip it in the beginning you have to nip it before the children are born but once the child is here it should not have to go hungry or without medical care because it had the bad luck to be born into his or her circumstances. Young women need to stop having babies out of wedlock and young men who father these kids need to step up and be real men and help raise them. Children born to single moms with no father figures are are twice as likely to stay on the government system and are twice as likely to commit crimes. Who knows what the solution is but as long as young women continue to have these babies the longer it will go on and the worse it will become.

Reality
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Reality 07/24/08 - 06:44 am
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I am glad that they waited to

I am glad that they waited to try him until his mother got out of jail, so she could attend the proceedings..

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Anna2008 07/24/08 - 06:45 am
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I agree with ripjones. You

I agree with ripjones. You all know that this youngster is going to come back at 21 worse than when he got in. Unfortunately nothing changes unless we go back and look at the constitution and follow it. Everybody knows and it is a proven fact if there is not discipline there is no quality of life. Just be carefull do not run on his path when he gets out. As far a mom and grandmather it seems that they are worthless when it comes to raise this kid. Sad..sad case with a lot of people to blame...

Anna2008
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Anna2008 07/24/08 - 06:46 am
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Where is the heck did he find

Where is the heck did he find the gun at this age? Let's start from there...who is to blame and what do we do about it?

firefigthenhamer
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firefigthenhamer 07/24/08 - 06:48 am
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Go ahead and pop the

Go ahead and pop the cap--right behind the left ear. Works every time!

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/24/08 - 06:52 am
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I am sure you would know,

I am sure you would know, most cowards do.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/24/08 - 06:54 am
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No 5:00, not some criminal

No 5:00, not some criminal taught him, his social environment taught him, the life of irresponsibility he was brought into taught him. The time to nip this problem IS before the child is born. Train the potential parents what responsibility is. Our subsidy programs and political correctness are fighting any improvement in this situation.

firefigthenhamer
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firefigthenhamer 07/24/08 - 06:54 am
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Dang the fishing is good.

Dang the fishing is good. Just caught me another big ol fat, an juicy savanah river big lipped sucker. Best way to cook one of these things is to stuff him with horse hockey, bake 5 hours, eat the hockey and throw away the fish. Gonna be a wunnerful day at the mission today!!

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 07/24/08 - 07:03 am
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5:OO You stated "But because

5:OO You stated "But because they happen to be black and born to a single mom they should not be allowed to be on welfare? " I reread and nowhere does it say that because he is black...........my comment is aimed that entire lack of "class" system. color isn't an issue there are whites that play that system and breed like rabbits because they can. They are called government ho's. it isn't a color thing it is a leech upon society thing that people are sick of supporting.

ldsmith1
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ldsmith1 07/24/08 - 07:19 am
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I had this type of kid in my

I had this type of kid in my classroom last year. He didn't act out on all the violent tendences, but he sure threatened it. He eventually was sent off to juvenile detention. When the next story about test scores hits the papers, imagine trying to teach a kid like this. PT is right about the subsidies and political correctness.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/24/08 - 07:23 am
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I stated that in this

I stated that in this instance because he happends to be black. There are whites and blacks who play the welfare system, we are all smart enough to know that, my point is that children don't ask to be born so they should not allowed to go hungry or go without medical care. And also Patircia, while I do agree with you on some of your points, it is a fact that gang members will go after young men who they know come from bad family environments, they know these young men will look up to them if they promise them money, cars, etc. Again, as long as young women continue to have baby after baby with no fathers around this problem will continue. I would like to know some real solutions to the problem.

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crackertroy 07/24/08 - 07:25 am
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This kid made a stupid
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This kid made a stupid mistake. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. We all did stupid things when we were 12. He thought he was cool hanging out with 21 year old Willie Casey. Casey was messed up and he hanged himself. Now, imagine what kind of friends Coreon will make in nine years of YDC. He'll be one of the most well connected 21 year olds around. A fix? It's too complex. Go to Borders, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Nobles, you'll find whole shelves with books full of "fixes".

Reality
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Reality 07/24/08 - 07:35 am
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The wrong place at the wrong

The wrong place at the wrong time may get you in a bar fight but not shooting someone in the chest while he is already down...

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fran 07/24/08 - 07:37 am
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Exactly idsmith...i see my

Exactly idsmith...i see my former students or parents of former students in the news all too frequently for crimes committed in the area...when they talk about test scores they act like we have a room full of attentive 'angels' sitting there waiting to absorb the knowledge...its more like the wild west and you're the stage coach driver trying to control a team of wild horses....when are they going to wake up and have alternative school for elementary students.

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christian134 07/24/08 - 07:39 am
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Killing someone qualifies as

Killing someone qualifies as just a little more than a "stupid mistake" crackertroy...I assure you the gentleman he killed would say the same thing but he can't he is dead..

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