Five people are behind bars as details emerge about a decades-old murder case from 1983.
Authorities arrested five people late last week, including two law enforcement officials, in what authorities say was a racially motivated homicide.
Fox News reports:
Frankie Gebhardt, 59, and Bill Moore Sr., 58, were charged with murder in the death of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins. They were also charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing a body.
Milner, Ga. police officer Lamar Bunn and his mother, 58-year-old Sandra Bunn, were charged with obstruction. Gregory Huffman, 47, a detention officer with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with obstruction and violation of oath of office. He was fired Friday morning.
Gebhardt and Moore were denied bond by a judge Saturday morning. A $25,000 cash bond on the violation of oath of office charge was set for Huffman, with another $10,000 cash bond set for the obstruction charge. The Bunns were released Friday after posting bonds of $706.75, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Reports indicate that Coggins was found on October 9, 1983. He was discovered in a grassy area south of Atlanta. Authorities say now that 34 years ago, potential witnesses were threatened and intimidated. Coggins’ murder was considered “brutal.”
Sheriff Dix said Friday that had the killing taken place in 2017, it would have been prosecuted as a hate crime.