Second man will stand trial in drug plot killing

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The second of two men accused of killing a man to steal his drugs is scheduled to stand trial today.

Desmond Grissam, 18, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court.

He is accused of joining Tavaris Wilcher, 21, in a plot to lure 29-year-old Tollie Mitchell into a drug sale so they could rob him.

Mr. Mitchell was fatally shot in the neck in the process, sheriff's investigators think.

Mr. Mitchell's body was found in his Honda Accord the afternoon of May 11, 2007. The car was at Regency Square Apartments behind Regency Mall.

Mr. Wilcher was tried and convicted of murder and weapons violations in March 2008. He is serving a sentence of life plus five years in prison.

Mr. Mitchell had two previous convictions for drugs.

In 1999 he was sentenced to 10 years on probation for possession of cocaine, and in 2002 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Mr. Mitchell was paroled in January 2007.

He had been a victim of violence in the past. In November 1997, Quinton D. Hughes shot Mr. Mitchell three times.

Mr. Hughes spent nine years in prison for aggravated assault before he was released on parole in November 2007.

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

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pofwe
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pofwe 04/13/09 - 07:10 am
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Mr. Mitchell should not have

Mr. Mitchell should not have been on the "skreet" too bad for his bad'azz self. Live by the ... die by the pistol'a. RIP u NW an A. Now do the right thing Judge. No parole. He's a 3-striker!! Get-it?

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peonynut 04/13/09 - 07:15 am
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They think he was fatally

They think he was fatally shot in the neck? Interesting.

YESWECAN
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YESWECAN 04/13/09 - 08:34 am
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nwa??!!

nwa??!!

illini
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illini 04/13/09 - 10:39 am
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I bet Mitchell wishes he had

I bet Mitchell wishes he had served more of his 15 year sentence he got in 2002. HA HA! Jokes on you Mitchell. Maybe you should have quit the drug trade after you got out.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 04/13/09 - 11:11 am
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NWA LOL! They ain't neva

NWA LOL! They ain't neva scurred! I'm gonna save the othe things I want to say about all of this.

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55 F-100 04/13/09 - 02:35 pm
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In the prison system, Grissam

In the prison system, Grissam will soon be known as Grease-em, 'cause good ol' lonely "Bubba" likes those cute little babyfaces. Hold on tight, Desmond, it's going to be quite an eye-opening experience for you when you learn what "doing hard time" is when you are doing your "life plus with no parole STRETCH", ya' know what I'm saying, CUZ?

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GOD4GIVES 04/15/09 - 05:11 pm
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i have no heaven or hell to

i have no heaven or hell to put mr grissam in, but i can say what a 29 year old drug dealer doing going to pick up a 16 yr old from school on a daily base to ride with him, can we say that he was teaching him how to deal drugs. making him think that is the real life to live? he might be 16, but think about it, alot of money, nice clothes, being popular that all that child was thinking about, this 29 yr old should have left this child in shcool, and told him dont follow my steps it not a good life, it a price to pay!!!! now look at this child life, he cant even defend himself with the law!!!

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