Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The murder trial is set to continue on Monday afternoon for a gunman accused of shooting and killing an elderly Hepzhibah man in May 2011.
Four teens are accused of breaking into a home on Hoods Lane. During the incident, 81-year-old Johnny Luckey was shot to death.
A now 20-year-old Joseph Jordan, the accused killer, is on trial this week. Three other teens were involved and have since pleaded guilty to their role. As part of their pleas, the teens will testify against Jordan in court.
Friday morning continued with testimony from the state's witnesses. Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter called for testimony from the three other teens who allegedly helped Jordan that night.
The first witness of the day was 19-year-old Artavious Feazell. Earlier this year, Feazell was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for his involvement in the case.
He took a plea deal and as part of the agreement he has to testify in court, however, when Feazell took to the stand Friday, he refused to testify.
Presiding Judge Michael Annis told the co-defendant this could mean his deal is thrown out and be forced to stand trial.
The next witness was 17-year-old Tracy Lindsey. Lindsey pleaded guilty earlier this year and is serving 25 years for armed robbery and a weapons charge.
Lindsey told the jurors they had planned the robbery for about a month. He said the group wanted to "hit a lick," rob a man. Lindsey testified that once at the house, Jordan pointed the gun at the window and into the living room where Luckey was seated on the couch, watching TV.
Lindsey then said Jordan kicked in the door and shot him again in the stomach. While the other boys went into the rooms, Jordan held a gun to Luckey. Lindsey said he believed Luckey was still alive at the time because his chest was moving, but he said it could have been the oxygen tank.
The following witness was the third co-defendant, 18-year-old Rufus Van. Van was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery in connection to the case.
Van said they saw Luckey as an easy target because of his age. He told the jurors that they went to First Friday after the robbery. Van testified that he did not know it was a homicide until he got home and saw on News 12 that it was the sixth homicide of the year.
The testimony revealed a recorded interview between Jordan and an investigator. In the tape, Jordan said he was told Luckey had a a lot of money. Jordan had recently been kicked out so he needed money. He also told the investigator if he had to do it all over again, he'd do it alone.
Thursday's proceedings were canceled after Jordan's defense attorney, Maureen Floyd, fell ill.