Second man convicted in 34-year cold case murder in GA

Coggins was brutally stabbed in a field off Minter Road in Sunnyside, Georgia. (Source: WTVM)
Coggins was brutally stabbed in a field off Minter Road in Sunnyside, Georgia. (Source: WTVM)

(WTVM) - A second man has been convicted in a Georgia cold case murder.

On Thursday, August 16, 58-year-old William "Bill" Moore pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and concealing the death of another in the murder of Timothy Coggins on October 7, 1983.

Coggins was brutally stabbed in a field off Minter Road in Sunnyside, Georgia. This original 1983 investigation was closed after two months. According to the GIB, physical evidence that was collected at the crime scene was lost over the years

Moore was sentenced to 20 years to serve followed by 10 years on probation.  He is also banished from the Griffin Judicial Circuit.

On June 26, 2018, Moore's co-defendant, 59-year-old Franklin Gebhardt, was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and concealing the death of another.

Gebhardt was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.

This original 1983 investigation was closed after two months. According to the GBI, physical evidence that was collected at the crime scene was lost over the years

The GBI and the Spalding County Sheriff's Office reopened the case in December 2016.

Witnesses that were interviewed said Gebhardt and Moore gave details of Coggins being stabbed, chained behind a vehicle, and stabbed.

Authorities searched through a well on Gebhardt's property and found a white tank top, shoes, socks, a chain, and knife.

The evidence was presented to the jury.

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