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Murder suspects accused of killing Berry College student from Columbus denied bond

Ricket Damon Carter III and Troy Jamal Cokley. (Source: Floyd County Jail) Ricket Damon Carter III and Troy Jamal Cokley. (Source: Floyd County Jail)
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ROME, GA (WTVM) – The two men who were arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of a Berry College student from Columbus made their first court appearance Monday.

According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Ricket Damon Carter III of Columbus and 19-year-old Troy Jamal Cokley of Riverdale have been charged with murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, and possession of a controlled substance.

Joseph McDaniel,19, was killed at the Summer Stone Apartments in Rome around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Carter III and Cokley traveled to Rome to meet McDaniel, an argument ensued, and McDaniel was shot.

Carter and Cokley were later arrested at an apartment complex in Columbus.

Both suspects made their first court appearance on Monday and were denied bond. Their cases have been bound to Superior Court.

St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School, where McDaniel graduated from, released the following statement on the tragedy:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our alumni involved in this tragic event."

Berry College released the following statement to WSB-TV in Atlanta:

"It has been a difficult semester. With sorrow and regret, I share that Joseph McDaniel was shot and killed last night (Saturday) at an off-campus location on Old Summerville Road.

Joseph was a third-year student at Berry studying business management. As a college community already mourning the loss of one of its students, this additional tragedy cuts deep. We grieve with Joseph’s family and friends. Students are encouraged to reach out to their Resident Advisors or Student Affairs staff members if they need assistance in connecting with a member of the Counseling Center or Chaplain’s staff.

The police are investigating all leads regarding the circumstances of the shooting and more information will be provided at a later time.

Our community has been remarkable in showing support and care for each other in tragic circumstances and it is heartbreaking to need to do so again. Please be as supportive of each other as possible as we all seek to make sense of this tragedy."

McDaniel is the second Berry College student to die this month, and the third to die since summer.

Sophomore cross country and track runner David Shankles passed away suddenly on Oct. 10.

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