State seeks death penalty in Dollar General homicide

State seeks death penalty in Dollar General homicide

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The state is seeking the death penalty for two men involved in a murder at the Dollar General in Albany in October.

Cohen Scott Mathews and Shanorris Taylor have been indicted on four charges.

That includes felony murder, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit a felony and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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When 31-year-old Javis Walker tried to step in to stop the crime, the men shot and killed him.

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Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said the state believes the men should be punished in the highest degree, under the circumstances of how he was killed.

"The jury that hears the case will decide, number one, whether the individuals are guilty or innocent, and also if they are found guilty, they will decide what the punishment will be. In this instance, that will include the imposition of the death penalty," said Edwards.

It could take a bit longer for the case to go to trial since the state is pursuing the death penalty.

There will likely be a lot of pre-trial hearings.

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