It has been over 34 years when Coggin was killed. On Friday, the police arrested 5 people in connection with his death in which two suspects facing murder charges while the other three are facing obstruction charges.
In a press release on Friday, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office said, the authorities found the victims, Timothy Coggins dead in Sunnyside, Georgia on Oct. 9, 1983.
Police said, several witnesses, have said that they had been “living with this information since Coggins’ death but had been afraid to come forward or had not spoken of it until now.”
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Frankie Gebhardt, 59, and Bill Moore Sr., 58, had been charged with felony murder by the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
While Sandra Bunn, 58, Gregory Huffman, 47 and Lamar Bunn, 32, had been charged with obstruction in connection with Coggins’ death.
Spalding County Capt. Dwayne Jones told the ABC News, Lamar Bunn and Sandra Bunn shares mother and son bond, they are mother and son and work for the Milner Police Department.
The family praised and thanked the authorities for re-examining the case and investigation into Coggins’ murder.
Heather Coggins niece of Coggins’ said, “We know that there’s been tireless nights and we know that you guys have put in so many hours making sure that these people were brought to justice…’” the ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported.
Heather Coggins said, “The only unfortunate part in this is that our grandparents, Timothy Coggins’ parents, are not able to see this today.”
According to the authorities, all the arrested suspects in killing Coggins are white.
The sheriff’s office said, “Based on the original evidence recovered in 1983 and new evidence and interviews there is no doubt in the minds of all investigators involved that the crime was racially motivated and that if the crime happened today it would be prosecuted as a hate crime.”
Jones said, the suspected are being processed at the Spalding County Jail. However, it is not revealed that when the suspects will be arraigned.