Murder Defendants Must Plead Guilty or Face Death Penalty

Douglas County District Attorney David McDade has given the defendants 90 days to decide.

David McDade, the Douglas County District Attorney appeared in court Wednesday to give four young murder defendants 90 days to decide whether to plead guilty or face the death penalty in the murder of 18-year-old Bobby Tillman.

Tracen Franklin, Emmanuel Boykins, Quantez Mallory and Horace Coleman are accused of beating Tillman to death in November after a party.

McDade said he will allow the four young men to avoid a death penalty trial by pleading guilty. Their decision must be made by June 8.

“We made this decision after spending much time and consideration,” McDade said of his discussions with Monique Rivarde, Tillman’s mother.

“We want the young men to accept responsibility for their actions.”

Tee October 05, 2012 at 12:51 PM
This is a harsh verdict for a first offender teenager who did not intentionally set out to kill this young man...what happened to life with a chance at parole...why would one get this harsh sentence and the others receive life with a chance at parole....This is not morally right..
Tee October 05, 2012 at 01:55 PM
We need to help young people BEFORE they get caught up in circumstances that will hurt them for the rest of their lives instead of being quick to convict them and lock them away for the rest of their lives and forget about them. Guess what people, tax dollars are being spent to take care of them in jail for the rest of their lives. I would prefer for my tax dollars to go towards prevention programs to help them become a a positive influence in society. It takes a village to raise children because at the end of the day we all pay in some kind of way for the ones that get lost in the journey of life! !
Christopher Lee Raley August 19, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Well written Tee. David McDade is scum. I hope they offer him the same deal when the GBI is done cleaning his colon.


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