Five Arrested in Georgia in ‘Heinous’ 1983 Killing of Black Man

He did not provide details about the suspects’ motivation, but called the crime “heinous” and pledged to prosecute those responsible and “those who obstructed or hindered this investigation.” He also did not describe how Mr. Coggins was murdered or the nature of the new evidence. He said more arrests were possible.


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Officials said Frankie Gebhardt, 59, and Bill Moore Sr., 58, were each charged with murder, aggravated assault, concealing a death and other crimes. Both men had “extensive criminal records,” the sheriff said.

Georgia public records show that Mr. Gebhardt had been charged in the past with offenses including aggravated assault and simple battery, which landed him in prison. Mr. Moore has been incarcerated for burglary, theft and other offenses, records show.

Gregory Huffman, 47, was charged with violation of oath of office and obstruction, officials said. Until Friday

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