Suspect charged with murder for role in Pracht death (Sept. 29, 2014)
Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrested two Conyers men in connection to an armed robbery that led to the death of Conyers resident and former Heritage student Shawn Pracht.
Around 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, Nicholas Coggins, 21, allegedly held 23-year-old Pracht, the victim, at gunpoint in Pracht's Bridlewood apartment, 1150 Sigman Road, Conyers, in an attempt to rob him.
Kiquan Rogers, a 21-year-old suspect also being charged in the case, is believed to be the one who gave Coggins access to Pracht's apartment to carry out the crime, said RCSO Cpl. Michael Camp.
"Rodgers was an acquaintance of Pracht," Camp said. "We believe that (Rodgers) let the second guy (Coggins) in the apartment."
In an attempt to escape from the situation, the RCSO believe Pracht dove through his glass bedroom window, which was closed, causing several cuts and scrapes on his body. One major cut nicked an artery in his leg causing him to bleed severely.
Pracht, who lived in building Q of the complex, dragged himself two buildings over to building O until he found help. His neighbor called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher that Pracht had been stabbed because there was so much blood, saidCamp.
"It was a very bloody crime scene," said Camp.
Once police arrived, Pracht told deputies that he had been robbed but didn't mention what had been taken. "He didn't say much after that," says Camp.
Pracht was transported to Rockdale Medical Center and then transported to a hospital in Atlanta where he died around 7 p.m.
Rodgers was arrested almost a week after the incident on Sept. 10 and is being charged with being a party to a crime. Coggins, who the RCSO believes was the only suspect wielding the handgun, was arrested Wednesday and faces an armed robbery charge.
Based on the ongoing investigation and the results of the autopsy report, which is being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the two could face more charges, including manslaughter.
The two suspects are currently being held in the Rockdale County Jail. No other individuals are believed to have been involved with the crime.
Pracht, 23, worked as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens and was an avid sports fan. A "Celebration of Life" service was held for him Saturday, Sept. 13, at LaQuinta in Conyers.