One of the three people accused of the murder of an Atlanta man was found guilty last week, after a trial that lasted just two days.
Jordan Michael Coleman, 22, was charged with the murder of 44-year-old Alvin Hall, a city of Atlanta worker whose charred body was found in the trunk of a car on New Year’s Eve 2009. According to prosecutors, Coleman, along with co-defendants Candice Cadasha Pope and Brandon Hambrick, made a plan to rob Hall after he loaned Pope money earlier that month.
They reportedly lured Hall to an Atlanta bar with the intent to rob him; however Hall had not yet been paid for the week, and had no money on him. Instead of abandoning their plain then, prosecutors said they pushed Hall into the trunk of his own car and drove around, trying to decide what to do with him. Pope and Hambrick said that when Hall attempted to escape, Coleman shot him. They drove the car to Newton County and set the car on fire on a trail off an abandoned subdivision near McGiboney Lane.
Pope entered a guilty plea in April of last year. Hambrick’s trial has yet to begin. He was granted derivative use of immunity, meaning anything he said testifying against Coleman cannot be used against him during his own trial.
Coleman was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, arson in the second degree, concealing the death of another and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The jury took rooughly three hours to return with their decision. He is expected to be sentenced on April 30.
"The verdict in the case of Jordan Coleman was another step towards justice for Alvin Hall and his family," said Assistant District Attorney Randy McGinley. "This could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of those in local and state law enforcement."