Man gets probation in '06 slaying

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One of three men charged in the 2006 execution-style killing of a kidnapping victim was given 20 years' probation Friday in Richmond County Superior Court and released from jail.

Felony murder charges against Edward James Reeves were dropped in favor of a new accusation that charged him with concealing the death of Mickel I. Mosley, 25, of Gaffney, S.C.

Prosecutors said Mr. Reeves wasn't involved in the actual killing of Mr. Mosley and that he had testified against two other defendants, Demetric L. Twitty and Kelly Roberts. They said his testimony was vital to solving the case.

"He was culpable, but his testimony was the glue that held the case together," Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard said.

Mr. Reeves had been in jail since his arrest two years ago.

A jury convicted Mr. Twitty in December, and he was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years. Mr. Roberts pleaded guilty in August and was sentenced to life.

At Mr. Twitty's trial, Mr. Reeves testified that he was home in Augusta the night of July 24, 2006, when Mr. Twitty and Mr. Roberts knocked at his door. Mr. Mosley had been locked in the trunk of a car since his kidnapping in Gaffney several hours earlier.

Mr. Reeves admitted he showed the two how to get to New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam and that he was there when Mr. Twitty opened the trunk of the white Lexus and dragged Mr. Mosley out, the prosecutor said.

Investigators believe Mr. Twitty was the one who fired a gunshot into Mr. Mosley's head.

In that trial, prosecutor Geoffrey L. Fogus said Mr. Mosley was bound hand and foot. Mr. Twitty forced Mr. Mosley to the river's edge, pressed the gun to his head and fired, Mr. Fogus said.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylvia.cooper@augustachronicle.com.

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MustangGT1
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MustangGT1 11/01/08 - 06:09 am
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another fine citizen let back

another fine citizen let back into society. utterly ridiculous!!!!

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 11/01/08 - 06:52 am
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Judge Blanchard I hope he

Judge Blanchard I hope he doesn't show someone how to take you to the lock and dam!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/01/08 - 07:42 am
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Icky people live icky lives.

Icky people live icky lives. Who taught this man how to make decisions? (I'll bet he votes for Obama)

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freespeech 11/01/08 - 08:52 am
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OMG - 20 years probation for

OMG - 20 years probation for murder. What is this world coming to.

pofwe
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pofwe 11/01/08 - 08:55 am
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Judge Blanchard, your

Judge Blanchard, your judgement is not only askew, it is downright outrageous! This judgement shows your lack of morality. May God have mercy on your replica of a soul!

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christian134 11/01/08 - 09:29 am
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Judge Blanchard you need to

Judge Blanchard you need to be bounced off the bench...Judge your idea of justice is criminal as the criminals are the only ones who benefit from your sort of "justice"...

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 11/01/08 - 09:34 am
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Only warped minded people

Only warped minded people would bring politics into this. Also, I could have sworn that they stated there really was no case without this person help. Sometimes you have to deal with the devil.

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mad_max 11/01/08 - 10:06 am
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Agreed. Yes, he did testify

Agreed. Yes, he did testify against the other two. That does not relieve him of responsibility in a murder. He knew what they were going to do and he went with them to do it. Yes he testfied and should get some kind of a deal but not probation. The other two got life and this one should have gotten 10 years in jail and another 20 on probation. Judge Blanchard is just another prime example of the cesspool our justice system has become with all of the deal cutting, probation, parole, etc. Throw all of the judges and prosecutors out. Get some that actually protect the public. Put up tent jails to save the taxpayer money and put every prisoner to work on self sustaining farms, ditch and right of way maintenance, and other public works projects.

getalife
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getalife 11/01/08 - 10:38 am
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Our justice (?) is broke!!

Our justice (?) is broke!!

reader54
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reader54 11/01/08 - 11:19 am
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PT:does Obama feed in to

PT:does Obama feed in to every incident with you?If so,get over it!BTW,felons can't vote in Federal elections w/o a presidential pardon.Whew!Now ,will you please just relax?There's no way anyone with a GED can screw things up worse than ole George W.

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mable8 11/01/08 - 12:09 pm
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Since Blanchard is on the

Since Blanchard is on the ballot as 'unopposed,' I took the liberty of writing in a candidate rather than allowing that #### remain on the bench. Unfortunately, this creep will retain his "judicial robes" because few will write in another candidate. Blanchard seems to think he is the only one who can dispense justice--the reality is, he sends innocent people to prison and lets the likes of this defendant back on the streets.

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corgimom 11/01/08 - 04:07 pm
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Judge Blanchard's choices

Judge Blanchard's choices were thus: Let 3 men go free or convict 2 and give the other probation. He made the only decision he could. Reeves isn't going to stay out of trouble long; he'll be in prison within one year. And then he'll serve his 20 years. Because probation means you can't even get a ticket for jaywalking.

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darktall 11/01/08 - 05:15 pm
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felons can vote when their

felons can vote when their sentence is complete not with a pardon. Before you ask yes i work in this field and no it for a fact that they can vote when parole or probation is completed.

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trhenderson76549 11/01/08 - 06:44 pm
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i know j.j (reeves) and he

i know j.j (reeves) and he comes from a good family but sometimes that's not enough. i think he got off with a slap on the wrist being that he has been in trouble several times before and has served some jail time prior to this senseless act. i pray that god keeps him on the right track this time.

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SargentMidTown 11/01/08 - 10:20 pm
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All three of them should have

All three of them should have gotten the electric chair. We need to bring back the chain gang. Support wwwhongkongaugustaga.org

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SargentMidTown 11/01/08 - 10:27 pm
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trhenderson76549 Where does

trhenderson76549 Where does Reeves live. Let the people know. We need to know about all the trash so that we can avoid it. Reeves family will likely throw him out and he will turn up at Mercy Ministries or the Christ Church soup kitchen. Thank God that we have the STAND YOUR OWN GROUND law in Georgia.

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vikings 11/01/08 - 10:53 pm
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oh please! he will do 20 soon

oh please! he will do 20 soon enough they take a case get that person to testify, then they give him probation because he made their case and they know 1 violation and he will do the 20.it is simply the witness doing the states job of proof and building their case and they will get another conviction of violation of probation later and even if he innoence of the next charge if he dont have money for a lawyer.he will be violated and that happens more than you know.the state knows exactly what they are doing locking them all up just at different times thats all.

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