Text messages led to warrant for suspects in Double Churches murder trial

(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Thursday was day three of the Double Churches murder trial.

Testimony continues in the deadly shooting of 24-year-old Demonde Dicks, Jr. that happened at Double Churches Park in June 2016.

Jacquawn Clark, Derain Waller, and Akeveius Powell are now on trial for Dicks murder.

Columbus Police Department Detective Sandra Hickey was first on the stand as she explained that information from a cell phone extraction led the arrest of Jacquawn Clark, and warrants for Powell and Waller following questioning by police.

Detective Hickey says numerous texts were deleted off Clark's phone from the day of the murder, and the investigation revealed there was lots of communication between a contact listed as "Spoonk," who Prosecutors say is a nickname for Waller.

One text allegedly between Waller and Powell on the day of the murder reads, "Dis' man got 40 bands, he a murder homie give me da green light."

A medical examiner also was on the stand. He detailed his autopsy results of Dicks.

Each defendant faces charges of murder, armed robbery, and violating Georgia's criminal gang affiliation law.

Trial set to continue Friday morning at 9.

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