Ricket Damon Carter III, 19, of Columbus, and Troy Jamal Cokley, 19, of Riverdale have both been found not guilty in their trial concerning the murder of a Berry College Student.
A Floyd County jury reached the verdict only an hour and 15 minutes after going into deliberate .
Defensive attorney Chris Twyman played a telephe phone call from Cokley to his mother to the jury in which he described the shooting as self-defense.
Andrew David Horton
The roommate of a murdered Berry College student, was booked in the Floyd County Jail on Monday. Andrew David Horton, 22 of Savannah, is accused of hiding marijuana, a butane torch and a smoking device before calling 911 to report the shooting death of his roomate Joseph P. McDaniel in the Summerstone Apartments last month.
Horton told police that he did not want them to think negatively of McDaniel.
He is charged with tampering with evidence, misdemeanors possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects.
Investigators have charges two men with the murder of a Berry student Saturday morning in Armuchee. Ricket Damon Carter III, 19, of Columbus, and Troy Jamal Cokley, 19, of Riverdale, have each been charged with murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of controlled substance in relation to the event.
Police allege that the men travelled to Rome to meet Joseph McDaniel. An argument ensued that resulted in the death of the 19 year old student, who is originally from Columbus.
Patrol officers responded to 12 Summer Stone Drive, Apartment C around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning following a report to Floyd 911. Investigators allege that Carter and Cokley traveled to Rome to meet McDaniel, at which time an altercation ensued that resulted in the death of the 19-year-old Berry student. McDaniel is originally from Columbus, Ga.
Investigators followed information that led them to Columbus, Ga where the suspects were found and detained in an apartment complex there.
The Floyd County Police Department extends it appreciation to the Georgia Information Sharing Analysis Center for their assistance in this investigation. The police department would also like to thank the Columbus Police Department for their assistance and support of our investigators in this case.
Both men are charged with murder, aggravated assault, robbery, the purchase, possession, sale or distribution of marijuana, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.