An Atlanta police detective said Friday that two murder and rape suspects appeared to choose someone to kill at random during a home invasion last month.
Anthony Laquan Goss, 28, had his first court appearance in the death of 21-year-old Te’a Denise Liger, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Liger, along with a woman and her boyfriend, were tortured by Goss and his co-defendant, 18-year-old Roy Hill, during the Aug. 21 home invasion at the Vista Adams Apartments, Detective Michael Young testified in court.
“They placed the male inside of a bathtub. One of the suspects was told to watch him, and they made all the victims strip their clothes,” Young said.
The other woman was allegedly raped before she and her boyfriend were forced to their knees with their heads down in an execution-style position, Channel 2 reported. At that point, the two suspects are accused of making a game out of their suffering.
“They pulled the mattress over (the victims’) heads and played a game: Eeny meeny miny mo, someone has got to go,” Young said in court, adding that Goss was the man who spoke the nursery rhyme.
Young said Goss then asked Hill, “Didn’t you say you wanted to kill somebody?” Hill allegedly replied “no,” but Goss is accused of saying, “Somebody has got to go,” before shooting Liger in the head.
The two suspects then got into a fight, allowing the other female victim to escape and call police, according to testimony. The suspects fled before officers arrived. About 6 a.m., Liger was rushed to a hospital but did not survive.
Atlanta police public affairs director Carlos Campos previously said this is believed to be a random attack. Goss was arrested two days after the incident, while Hill was taken into custody the following week.
Both face charges of kidnapping, rape and murder. They remain in the Fulton County Jail without bond, jail records show.
Liger, a 2016 graduate of Kell High School in Cobb County, was home on break from an art school in California she attended, her mother previously told Channel 2. Liger was at the apartment complex visiting friends, her mother said.
“She was an artist in every way, painting, music, and was the brightest spirit,” she said in a statement. “They took her away from her brothers and she won’t be a hashtag or a face on a shirt. She wanted to be a change.”
The other two victims were injured but are expected to recover, police said. The man was pistol-whipped at some point during the incident, and his name has not been released. AJC.com does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
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