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Co-defendant in Albany murder case to stand trial

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Just days after a jury convicted an Albany man for the 2007 murder of Justin Cox, a second man accused in the killing of the Lee County teen will go on trial Monday.

Lorenzo Williams was charged with murder just days after Cox's body was found floating in the Flint River. His co-defendant in the case, 21-year-old Kasaem Toomer, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

Williams was arrested along with Toomer back in October 2007 just days after two Turner Job Corps students found the body of Justin Cox floating in the Flint near the Turner Boat landing. C

Cox, who had been missing for nearly two days before his body was discovered, had not shown up for his job at Kentucky Fried Chicken and his white Cadillac was found abandoned at the Albany Civic Center parking lot.

Following leads and reviewing cell phone records, police apprehended Toomer who told investigators he hit Cox during a fight and that he and Williams dumped Cox in the water before driving his car to the Civic Center.

Williams petitioned the court to have murder charges against him thrown out. He says that he didn't kill Cox.

He is facing charges of murder, concealing a death, and theft by taking.

An autopsy showed Cox may not have been dead when he was thrown in the river. And that's why Williams is also charged with murder.

If convicted, Williams will be sentenced to life in prison.

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