Two teens and a man allegedly robbed and killed a man, then attempted to cover up their crimes, police said.
They remain in the Spalding County jail Monday.
Perhaps, the three would have gotten away with the crime if their victim had not left a rather large evidence.
Spalding County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a stabbing at Walkers Mill Road about 5:20 a.m. Feb. 14, Capt. Tony Ranieri said. There they found several people in the home along with the two teens and a man with a serious stab wound to the leg.
Emergency workers airlifted the man to Alanta Medical Center while officers listened to the teen’s tale of what happened, Capt. Ranieri said.
The teens told investigators the wounded man had been jumped at a nearby creek. But investigators examined the scene and found no evidence of a crime.
“There was no blood, nothing,” Capt. Ranieri said.
They grilled the teens and finally one broke, the captain said. He gave the following account:
The teens had come across a man, who after making an ATM withdrawal at the BP gas station in Griffin, approached them about drugs about 3 a.m.
The teens planned to rob the man. But they decided to get help and went to pick up another man before all four ended up in a vacant lot in the Runaway Lakes subdivision.
There they proceeded to rob their victim. But their victim fought back.
“During the robbery, the victim was able to get the knife away from (his attacker),” Capt. Ranieri said. “He stabbed this boy… that’s how he received his injuries.”
Still, the three overcame the man and killed him. Police won’t provide details on the killing.
It would be more than 12 hours later before officers find the body of Mr. Kevin Donald Harmon, 24, surrounded by woods and lakes. And it would be three days later before they realize their stab victim, Mr. William Franklin Moore Jr., 30, was a suspect.
Mr. Cody Toggle, 18, and Mr. Todd Jones, 17, were charged with murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery.