Suspects enter not guilty pleas in Coggins case

Suspects enter not guilty pleas in Coggins case

Jan 25, 2018

The two men accused of the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins pleaded not guilty Thursday in Spalding County Superior Court.

Frankie Gebhardt, 59, and William F. Moore Sr., 58, also waived arraignments in court before Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams.

Gebhardt and Moore are charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing the death of another. The defendants were arrested Oct. 13, 2017 on the charges.

Gebhardt also has a pending mental evaluation, Spalding County Chief Assistant District Attorney said Thursday.

Dates to argue potential motions and for trial were also set in court Thursday.

March 19 has been set aside to hear motions and a motion for a change of venue is scheduled to be heard April 27.

A tentative trial date of June 18 was discussed in Thursday’s hearing.

Coggins was last seen alive leaving the People’s Choice Club in Griffin on Oct. 7, 1983. A group of hunters discovered a deceased body with multiple injuries Oct. 9, 1983, on Minter Road. The body was then positively identified as Coggins, Georgia Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Jared Coleman testified during the Nov. 30 hearing.

Citing details of Coggins’ murder, reported witness intimidation and the defendants’ “extensive” criminal history, Sams denied bond for Gebhardt and Moore at a Nov. 1 bond hearing.

The suspects are being held in the Spalding County Jail.