Prosecutor says Spalding County man killed ‘for socializing with a white female’

(Top, from left to right) Frankie Gebhardt, Bill Moore Sr. and Gregory Huffman; (bottom) Sandra Bunn and Lamar Bunn were arrested Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in connection with the 1983 death of Timothy Coggins.

A Spalding County man was dragged to his death behind a pickup truck because he was “socializing with a white female,” a prosecutor said Wednesday.

The revelations in the 34-year-old case came as Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker argued the two men charged with killing Timothy Coggins should be denied bond.

Coggins was stabbed and had lacerations on his neck, back, and stomach as well as receiving blunt force trauma. Coggins was dragged through the woods while tied to a truck, Coker said.

Timothy Coggins

Coggins, 23, was found just off Highway 19 in Spalding County on Oct. 9, 1983. William Moore Sr. and Frank Gebhardt were charged last month with murder. Three others - including two members of law enforcement - have been charged in connection with helping them avoid prosecution.

In Other News