Jury reaches verdict in 2016 double murder trial

Trevis Price Trial Verdict/Trevis Price Trial Sentencing

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - After nearly two hours of deliberations, the jury has returned a verdict in the trial for Trevis Price, who was accused in the shooting deaths of L.C. Tumblin and Dexter Covin on East Road in 2016.

Jurors found Price guilty on all 12 charges he was facing in the double murder case.

  • Count 1: Malice murder
  • Count 2: Malice murder
  • Count 3: Felony murder
  • Count 4: Felony murder
  • Count 5: Aggravated assault
  • Count 6: Aggravated assault
  • Count 7-10: Possession of firearm during commission of a felony
  • Count 11: Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Count 12: Possession of firearm by convicted felon

Jurors first had to deliberate on 11 charges before deliberating again on count 12.

Prosecutors said that after Price was convicted on a felony charge in 2006 for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, he was charged for having a firearm for the homicides and it had to be considered separately by the jury.

“The reason why is during the course of the trial, the jurors can’t know he’s already a convicted felon because that would possibly influenced their verdict,” said Mike Taborrok, district attorney for the Dougherty County Circuit.

Jurors were able to see phone records, showing Price told Covin to come to the 200 block of East Road for a drug deal.

Covin tried to sell the drug in an attempt to pay for his truck maintenance and told his mechanic to come to that location to get the money.

That's when the mechanic saw everything that led to Covin and Tumblin's death.

Tumblin was Price’s cousin.

Prosecutors said the mechanic’s testimony, all of the phone records and Tumblin telling police before he died that Price shot him were all big factors leading to the guilty verdict.

Opening statements started Wednesday and closing arguments began Thursday.

“A conviction has been brought with guns have been involved in a case. And we’re glad this jury understood the importance of the evidence, understood everything that was surrounding the circumstances and made the right decision based on the evidence,” said Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards.

There were many emotions for all families involved. When the verdict was read, Price and Tumblin’s families didn’t move an inch, but Covin’s family was in tears.

Prosecutors said Price could face a maximum of three life sentences without parole and after that, an additional five years for a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge.

Price was taken back into custody by Dougherty County to await his sentencing hearing.

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