2 of 3 men charged in 2015 Albany murder case take the witness stand

2 of 3 men charged in 2015 Albany murder case take the witness stand
Three men indicted in a 2015 Albany death are standing trial in connection to that death. (Source: Dougherty County Jail)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The murder trial for a 2015 Albany death continued Wednesday morning.

Jamie Washington is standing trial in connection to the death of James “JT” Hawkins, 44, who was found shot behind a motel on West Highland Avenue in July of 2015. Hawkins was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Mylan Mahoney and Malcolm Offord were also charged but have entered guilty pleas.

Mylan Mahoney testifying as a witness in a 2015 Albany murder trial on February 19, 2020.
Mylan Mahoney testifying as a witness in a 2015 Albany murder trial on February 19, 2020. (Source: WALB)

Mahoney took the stand Wednesday and gave his testimony as to what happened on July 5, 2015, and how he claims Desmond Cater got in their way.

“Desmond Carter got in the way of everything but my co-defendant, Mr. Washington, asked him for a cigarette and he said he would go to the room to make sure he had one. But when he came back, he told us he didn’t have one. After that, my co-defendant, which is Mr. Washington, reaches out to shake his hand. When he reached to shake his hand, he pulled a pistol out also, when he pulled the gun out, Carter took off running.”

“Who shot JT Hawkins,” asked Greg Edwards, the district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit.

“Jamie Washington,” Mahoney responded.


More witnesses took the stand Wednesday:

Offord was also called to the witness stand Wednesday and gave his account of what happened on July 5, 2015.

Malcolm Offord testifying as a witness in a 2015 Albany murder trial on February 19, 2020.
Malcolm Offord testifying as a witness in a 2015 Albany murder trial on February 19, 2020. (Source: WALB)

Offord said he only knew Mahoney and Washington for about five to six months when Hawkins was shot.

Offord said he, along with Washington, Mahoney and Offord’s family member said they planned to buy drugs but the plan turned into robbing a drug dealer.

The plan was talked about on the morning of July 5.

Offord said he eventually went to get gas. After getting gas, Offord said his family member called him. Offord, Mahoney and Washington then went over the initial plan of buying drugs.

“I had fear during that time. Like I said, I had fear of losing my family, like my daughter. All these things came on to me at the same time. Jamie said, well he did say, ‘Call my daddy.’ I’ve never seen my daddy cry before. I never saw my daddy cry until that night," Offord said on the stand.

The three eventually went to a family barbeque.

Offord testified that around 8:45 p.m., Washington said let’s go rob somebody.

Offord said he took Mahoney and Washington to their houses to change clothes. Washington and Mahoney wore all black.

The three also stopped by another house to get a handgun before heading to the Traveler Inn and Suites.

Offord testified he was in his car during the incident but said he was aware of the plan to rob someone. He said he heard gunshots and then saw Mahoney and Washington get in the car.

Offord said it was quiet in the car afterward and Washington lit up a cigarette.

After the incident, Mahoney was taken to someone else’s house and Washington was dropped off at his house.

Around 10 p.m. that night, Offord said a family member told him that someone in the area was shot.

Offord testified he found out from a family member that he’s related to Hawkins while in jail.

On the stand, Offord said he didn’t tell detectives the whole truth about the incident. He said his principles at the time told him to give a different story to detectives.

Offord testified he took a plea deal so he could tell the truth. He said his faith made him change his story and tell the truth.

Offord also testified that Mahoney told him, while the two were in jail, that Washington shot Hawkins.

The defense asked Offord about the group’s initial plan to rob someone. Offord said their plan was to only rob drug dealers.


WALB’s Darran Todd is covering the trial and will provide updates as it progresses.

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