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Posted: June 16, 2010 12:30 a.m.

Suspects charged in Clements murder now in court

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Timothy Clements

It has been just over a year since Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements, 53, was found murdered and dumped in a creek. One person has pleaded guilty, but three others are still accused of the crime and are currently making their way though the Newton County judicial system.

Katria Luche McClain, 17, pleaded guilty at the end of May and agreed to testify truthfully against the three others charged in the case. McClain was only 16 years old when the crime took place and was charged as an adult for her part in it. Though she was not present at the time of Clements' murder, she did admit to helping plan it the night before. She took a negotiated plea of conspiracy to commit murder. Sentencing for McClain has been delayed for the time being.

Brittany Michelle Beasley, 19, and Christian Perion Caldwell, 18, are charged with murder, concealing the death of another, armed robbery, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and theft by taking. Beasley is additionally charged with forgery in the first degree. Motions are pending in their cases and they are expected to be in court next month.

Pablo Fernando Maldonado, 23, is the suspected ringleader and Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne has announced that the state will seek the death penalty against him. He is scheduled to be in court later this month.

Maldonado worked for Clements in his landscaping business. The duplex on Kirkland Road where Maldonado lived was also treated as a crime scene after the murder.

Motive for the crimes has not yet been released, but all three defendants are charged with armed robbery and two with forgery, implying that financial gain may have been a factor.

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