Death penalty off the table in Colquitt Co. mass killing case, trial date set

Peacock Hearing

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - The man accused of killing five of his friends will not face the death penalty in a murder trial, which is set for June.

An agreement was reached between Allan Sincox, Jeffrey Peacock’s attorney, and the prosecution, who is represented by Jim Prine, assistant district attorney.

The trial will not be heard by a jury. Instead, both sides have agreed to a bench trial, in which evidence will be heard by Superior Court Judge James Hardy, who alone will decide Peacock’s guilt or innocence.

Peacock was charged with five counts of malice murder along with aggravated animal cruelty and gun charges in May 2016. Investigators charged Peacock with shooting and killing five of his friends in a home, then setting it on fire.

The trial date is set for June 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

In the trial, Peacock could be sentenced to life with or without parole, officials said.

Attorneys met Friday morning to decide on a trial date and for prosecutors and the defense to discuss if they are ready to go to trial, and both sides said they are.

Judge James Hardy asked and Peacock told the judge this is what he wants to do.

The defense received all documents, getting the last set on Friday, from the crime lab.

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