ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The murder trial for three men indicted in a 2015 death in Albany began Monday morning.
Mylan Mahoney, Malcolm Offord, and Jamie Washington were charged in connection to the death of James Hawkins, who was found dead behind a motel on West Highland Avenue in July 2015.
Opening statements began Monday.
Offord and Mahoney pleaded guilty in connection to Hawkins’ death, according to District Attorney Greg Edwards.
Washington has not entered a plea and is the only one of the three men standing trial.
Edwards called a medical examiner to the stand. The medical examiner addressed the findings of Hawkins’ autopsy, which was done on July 7, 2015. The examiner said Hawkins died from multiple gunshot wounds. Three bullets were removed from his body.
Desmond Carter, a victim in another attempted armed robbery the three men were indicted on, is expected to take the witness stand. That incident happened on July 5, 2015 — the same day Hawkins’ body was found, according to the indictment.
“I was coming from my girl’s house, well my baby mama, and I got back to the motel and it was two guys in the breezeway. Guys stay out there all the time, so I didn’t think anything of it. So when I went up to my room, my cousin said he was on his way to drop me off some clothes and money. When I went up to the room and came back down, my cousin was outside. The two guys were still standing in the breezeway, so when I came back down, one of the guys asked me for a cigarette lighter. I was about to give him a light and I turned around and he was grabbing for his pants. It was like he was pulling a weapon out. I saw something chrome and once I saw that I took off running,” Carter told WALB in his testimony.
Both Hawkins’ family and Washington’s families were in the courtroom.
“I’m not talking about all of the guys from the east side but I know of Washington. Like I said, I’ve been around and like I said, I don’t know them but I’ve heard of them. I just know to be here in Albany with our black men and black women that things are just crazy. I hope at some point they just come to realize we are only hurting ourselves,” said Henry Hawkins, Hawkins’ dad.
WALB’s Darran Todd is covering the trial and will provide updates as it progresses.