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Death penalty trial of 2009 murder expected to start this week

COVINGTON -- The death penalty trial of a Covington man charged in the 2009 murder of a Conyers landscaper is expected to begin Wednesday.

Pablo Maldonado, who was 22 at the time of his arrest in June 2009 and whose last known address was 12641 Brown Bridge Road, was charged with the murder of 55-year-old Timothy Clements.

Clements' body was found by two fishermen in Snapping Shoals Creek on Ga. Highway 212 in early June after he and his truck were reported missing.

Maldonado also was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, concealing a death, false imprisonment, theft by taking and forgery.

Lithonia residents Christian Caldwell, who was 17 at the time, and Maldonado's girlfriend Brittney Beasley, who was 18, also were arrested. Caldwell was charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, concealing of a death, false imprisonment and theft by taking, while Beasley was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

A 16-year-old female juvenile also was arrested in connection with the murder.

Their charges are still pending.

Robbery was said to be the motive, but the cause of death wasn't released.

Jury selection for the trial took place last week.

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will 1 year, 8 months ago

Please pick me for that jury justice will be served.

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