The trial for the remaining defendants charged with the 2007 fatal shooting of Kawasikis Shawnte Ricks begins this week in Newton County Superior Court.
Five young men, two of whom were 16 at the time, were arrested in connection with the murder. Two of the defendants - Trevarius Dexter White, 17, of Oxford and Terrance Tremaine Reid, 21, of Covington - still face charges of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, as of Friday.
There was an indication Reid intended to enter a guilty plea on Monday, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Layla Zon. That would leave White, the alleged shooter, to be tried by jury in a trial presided by Judge John Ott.
The other three defendants - Clarence Lamar Benton, 18, Marino Demetries Tuggle, 17, and Brandon Lenard Hudnal, 21 - pleaded guilty earlier last week, receiving sentences ranging from 20 to 35 years, with a range of 10 to 20 years in confinement. They were also required to testify truthfully against their co-defendants who went to trial.
Ricks, 29 years old at the time, was shot in the back with a shotgun as he tried to flee during an alleged double-crossed drug deal on June 19, 2007. Ricks and another man had reportedly arranged to purchase 20 pounds of marijuana from the five men, who never intended to sell drugs but instead set out to rob Ricks and his associate of their money.
Deputies received a call of gunfire shortly after midnight in the Hidden Pines subdivision. When they responded, they found Ricks lying in the front yard not breathing and "a large amount of blood" around his head, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report.
Within days, the five suspects were arrested and in custody.
A resident previously described the street as a quiet neighborhood, with noisy children being the biggest problem.
In an earlier bond hearing, Zon said Hudnal, the alleged getaway driver whose phone had pictures of White with the money stolen from Ricks, told investigators that after the shooting, White said, "I burned him."