Here’s what you need to know about a racially charged Spalding County killing
(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.
Thirty-four years and four days after Timothy Coggins' body was found along a grassy stretch of land in Spalding County, five people were arrested in connection with his death.
Here is what you need to know:
Race has emerged as a motive. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker said Coggins was killedbecause he was socializing with a white female. Coggins was last seen on Oct. 7, 1983 leaving a bar with a white woman. He got into a car with three men.
The killing was particularly violent. The 23-year-old was brutally sliced and stabbed with multiple cuts to his neck, back, and stomach. Authorities say Coggins was dragged behind a truck. Spalding County's sheriff described the gruseome slaying as "overkill" that appeared to be aimed at sending a message.