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@Centristsin2010— thank you for posting this. I have seen stories on this case in years past. Good police officers are a source of pride to this country.

 

Darn straight!


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@Centristsin2010— thank you for posting this. I have seen stories on this case in years past. Good police  officers are a source of pride to this country. The bad ones who break laws are criminals, and disgrace the badge.

 

Gee, I miss having a real president!

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They bragged about their 1983 ‘heinous’ racial killing for years, prosecutors say
 
  • They called it a “heinous,” racially motivated crime
  • Coggins was stabbed 29 times and dragged behind a truck, bound by a chain
  • They killed Coggins because he had been dancing with a white woman at a club on the night of Oct. 7, 1983
  • For decades, the two men — brothers-in-law — bragged about the killing, wearing it like a “badge of honor”
  • He “missed the good ol’ days when you could kill a black man for no reason”
  • They were "protecting the white race from black people”
  • Three other people, including two law enforcement officials, have also been charged in connection with Coggins’ death
  • "If the crime happened today it would be prosecuted as a hate crime”
  • “It’s not a shock that racism existed in 1983,” she said, “because we still see it today in 2017.”

 

On the morning of Oct. 9, 1983, hunters were passing by an open field near a wooded area in the small town of Sunny Side, Ga., when they came across an abandoned body.

 

A story in the local newspaper published the next day described the dead man as an “unidentified black male” in his early 20s, with a tattoo on his left hand and two missing bottom teeth. He was found wearing blue jeans and a beige sweater. He had suffered multiple stab wounds and was left near a high-tension power line.

 

Police knew little about the “mystery killing.” They did not know who the man was, why he was slain, or who did it.

 

All they knew was that the death was brutal, according to the Griffin Daily News article obtained by CNN.

 

“He had been worked over with a knife pretty well,” an investigator told the newspaper.

 

Police would identify the 23-year-old man, Timothy Coggins, in the next day’s paper, according to CNN. But it would take more than three decades for authorities to make an arrest in the killing.

 

In October, months after a tip led investigators to reopen the cold case, authorities arrested five people in connection with Coggins’s killing and obstruction in the case, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office said in a news conference. They called it a “heinous,” racially motivated crime.

 

District Attorney Ben Coker described an alleged motive for the killing weeks later: “The murder of Timothy Coggins was due to Coggins socializing with a white female,” he told a judge, the Associated Press reported.

 

On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Frank Gebhardt, 59, and Bill Moore Sr., 58, for felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing a death, according to Griffin Judicial Circuit court documents obtained by The Washington Post.

 

In recent weeks, details from law enforcement officials have painted a picture of how Coggins died and provided a window into the minds of the men accused of killing him.

 

Coggins was stabbed 29 times and dragged behind a truck, bound by a chain, Spalding County prosecutor Marie Broder said at a probable cause hearing last week, according to the Journal-Constitution. Two of his teeth were knocked out.

 

Witnesses told authorities that Gebhardt and Moore said they killed Coggins because he had been dancing with a white woman at a club on the night of Oct. 7, 1983, CNN reported.

 

Moore at:  They bragged about their 1983 ‘heinous’ racial killing for years, prosecutors say

 

It's great to see good cops arresting bad cops for covering up for murderers....


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