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Murder trial begins
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 29, 2013 | 1931 views | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pamela Moss (center) and defense attorney Frank Hogue (to her left) head back to their seats after conferring with the judge during the first day of the trial.
Pamela Moss (center) and defense attorney Frank Hogue (to her left) head back to their seats after conferring with the judge during the first day of the trial.
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The trial for Pamela Moss, who is charged with the March 2012 murder of a Henry County businessman, started Monday.

Jury selection began at 9 a.m. Aug. 26, and the opening statements by the attorneys started at 3:30 p.m. Moss is charged with malice murder and felony murder in the death of William Douglas Coker.

The victim was 67. Law enforcement officers found Coker’s body under the defendant’s back porch in River North March 18, 2012. It is believed he was killed by Moss March 13, following a business meeting that was to take place at McDonald’s Restaurant on Bass Road.

The trial was originally scheduled to start May 28 but was postponed because of problems the defense had in securing an expert witness.

Moss is represented by Macon attorney Frank Hogue, and the case is being prosecuted by District Attorney Fred Bright, aided by Assistant District Attorney Keagan Waystack.

Superior Court Judge Trent Brown is presiding over the trial, which is the first Jones County criminal trial for Brown since being appointed to the Ocmulgee Circuit a year ago this month.

Hogue has made it clear throughout the pretrial proceedings that Moss is not denying that she killed Coker. Her planned defense is not guilty by reason of insanity.

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