Moultrie mass murder case to move forward after months of continued hearings

Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 11:28 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2018 at 3:42 PM EDT
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Accused mass murderer Jeffrey Peacock is expected to be in court soon. (Source: WALB)
Accused mass murderer Jeffrey Peacock is expected to be in court soon. (Source: WALB)

COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - Accused mass murderer Jeffrey Peacock is expected to be in court soon.

This comes after a year of not many updates in the case.

Peacock is accused of fatally shooting five people in May of 2016 at a Colquitt County home on Rossman Dairy Road. Police also said he killed three dogs and set fire to the house to cover up the crime.

The families of those five victims will now be able to see this case move forward.

Since last seeing Peacock in court, he has gained a new attorney on his case. Former attorney Burt Baker resigned from the case after taking a different job.

Baker withdrew from the case in October.

According to court documents, Peacock's new attorney is Allan Sincox.

Hearings were postponed for Sincox to familiarize himself with the case.

Melinda Ryals is also counsel for Peacock, according to court documents.

The September hearings were rescheduled for February and in February, Peacock's new attorneys filed a motion to continue them once again.

Now, a new hearing is scheduled for May 2, which means Peacock is one step closer to trial, but legal experts said that could be a long wait.

Death penalty cases generally take longer to try because more motions are filled and all of those motions have to be heard in open court.

The hearing on May 2 is for the judge to hear the defense's motion to dismiss the indictment due to an unconstitutional composition of the grand jury.

A grand jury is made up of randomly computer generated citizens from the community in which the case is being tried.

The grand jury is to match the race, gender, age and sex make-up of the community. Then that grand jury will decide whether to issue a true bill or no bill for an indictment.

Some of the most recent motions filed in the case, but are not expected to be heard yet in open court, are a motion to change the venue, meaning the case would be tried in a different county, a motion to recuse the judge, a motion to recuse the district attorney and a motion to bar victim impact evidence.

Jeffrey Peacock was indicted for 14 charges in March 2016, he pled not guilty to those charges last May.

The latest order filed in the case is a protective order to seal the names, birthdays and addresses of all jury members serving in this case.

That order has been signed by both attorneys.

Prosecutors announced last year they would seek the death penalty against Peacock. No trial date has been announced.

May 15 will mark two years since the murders, in May of 2017, during the one year mark WALB broke the case down from what has happened so far.

This case has gained a lot of attention not just from people in Colquitt County, but all over South Georgia.

The families of Jonathan Edwards, Alicia Norman, Jones Pidcock, Reid Williams and Jordan Croft told WALB they plan to be at all hearings in the case of their loved ones and ask for privacy and prayers through the process.

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