Guilty pleas entered in Norman Park murder case

Guilty pleas entered in Norman Park murder case
John David Hester was shot in his yard
John David Hester was shot in his yard
Adrian Robinson pleads guilty
Adrian Robinson pleads guilty
I-Key Pinkins pleads guilty
I-Key Pinkins pleads guilty

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Two more of seven teen murder suspects charged in a Norman Park shooting plead guilty to lesser charges in Colquitt County court Wednesday.

Prosecutors also revealed that they think Christian Glover was the gunman.

I-Key Pinkins and Adrian Robinson pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping the murder charge against them.

They must testify at the trials of the remaining defendants for the deal to be completed.

Pinkins and Robinson both pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit home invasion. Pinkins also pleaded guilty to a burglary that happened earlier in the day, but Robinson was not involved in that crime.

Stoically and appearing anxious, Adrian Robinson entered a guilty plea in front of Judge Harry Altman for his involvement in the July 5th shooting of John Hester.

Revealing new details, prosecutors say the group of 7 teenagers went to the home to rob David Hester but were confronted by Hester's father.

Prosecutors say Hester fired at the group with a shotgun and Christian Glover fired back, fatally striking Hester in the leg.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Brad Shealy says the crime spree started earlier that day.

The group, with the exception of Robinson, broke into a home in Colquitt County and stole more than 20 guns.

Prosecutors say Glover had one of those guns at the time of the robbery attempt in Norman Park.

Joining Robinson in court today was I-Key Pinkins. He pleaded guilty to that burglary and his involvement in the home invasion and agreed to testify at a future trial.

Prosecutors will drop the murder charge in exchange.

"Any deal where we're able to get justice for the victim is a good deal, and we're happy with the agreement that we've reached on these cases," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Brad Shealy.

This leaves only 4 men facing trial for murder. Ty'Cameron Hayes pleaded guilty Monday to the same charges as Pinkins.
Brandon Wynn and Derrick Phillips are expected to do the same thing in their hearing next Monday.

Tykerious Jones and Christian Glover are not expected to plead guilty at this time, and a trial is expected sometime in May.

Hester's family has been in court every step of the way and is waiting until after the trial to make comments.

The hearing for Wynn and Phillips on Monday morning starts at 9 o'clock. Sentencing for the suspects who pleaded guilty is set for April 19th.

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