The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Cox, Hargett, Armstrong deserve fair hearing


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Apr. 10, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Michael A. Cox, Benjamin J. Hargett and Angelo R. Armstrong have been in a Georgia State prison since 2007.

They were given life sentences plus 25 years after being found guilty of the murder of Tavares Redwine and the assault of two other men.

In the USA, accused persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Yet a jury found these men guilty with very little proof. All appeals have been denied.

Serious questions remain unanswered. Why were these men convicted solely on the testimony of two gravely wounded victims and a jailhouse snitch? Why did the wounded victims not identify their assailants until months after the crime was committed?

The house door was kicked open, said persons sharing the home. Why, then, was it not damaged?

Why were no weapons found at the scene or in the possession of the accused? And why did the prosecutor show the jury guns “like” the murder weapons? These were not evidence.

Why were none of the accused’s fingerprints found at the scene? Why was there no vehicle at the scene belonging to any of the accused? Why was the testimony of the witnesses who provided alibis for the accused not considered?

Why were no other suspects investigated, especially people in the home at the time of the murder? Why was the woman who was at the scene with her two-year-old child not questioned? Why have all appeals been denied?

Three young men have already lost 11 years of their lives: 11 Christmases, Thanksgivings,

Easters, Fourth of July celebrations, birthdays.

Isn’t it time to seek some answers? And justice?

Joan Doggrell

Newnan