Suspects have finally been arrested and charged in the 1983 slaying of a black man in Georgia. 23 year old  Timothy Coggins was found dead on October 9, 1983, in Sunny Side, a town about 30 miles south of Atlanta. Coggins had been  beaten, stabbed, and dragged through the woods while tied to the back of a pickup truck.

 

The case broke in October with new witness testimony which led to the arrests of four men and a woman.

At a Wednesday bond hearing for suspects Frank Gebhardt, 59, and William Moore, 58, Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker accused them of acting brutally and having racist intentions.
“The murder of Timothy Coggins was due to Coggins socializing with a white female and that Coggins had been stabbed multiple times and drug behind a truck by Franklin Gebhardt and William Moore Sr.,” Coker told the court, according to CNN affiliate WSB-TV.
The revelations in the 34-year-old case came Coker argued the two men charged with killing Timothy Coggins should be denied bond. The defense argued both men were too old and feeble to pose a threat to the community, but the judge still denied bail.
Sheriff Darrell Dix deputized Oscar Jordan and Clint Phillips III, the original investigators on the case in 1983, so they could take part in the arrest.