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DeKalb man's murder trial to start next week

COVINGTON — One of the three co-defendants accused in the 2009 killing and burning of an Atlanta man in Newton County will stand trial next week.

The trial for Jordan Michael Coleman, 22, of DeKalb County, is scheduled to begin Tuesday after jury selection Monday.

Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton is scheduled to hear the case. The assistant district attorney scheduled for the case is Randy McGinley, while Coleman’s attorney is Charles Barrow, according to court documents.

Coleman, who remains in custody, is charged with malice murder, felony murder and concealing the death of another.

Co-defendant Candice Cadasha Pope, of Palmetto, entered a guilty plea in April 2012 on the third day of her trial. Pope, who was the first to stand trial, is expected to testify against Coleman and fellow co-defendant Brandon Hambrick, also of DeKalb County.

The three were arrested in early 2010 in connection with the death of 44-year-old Alvin Hall of Atlanta.

Hall’s burned body and vehicle were found on McGiboney Lane in Newton County near the Rockdale County line in late December 2009.

Prosecutors have said that the three developed a plan to rob Hall after he loaned Pope money earlier in the month. They allegedly attempted to rob Hall by luring him out of an Atlanta bar and rushing his car, but found no money, so they put the victim in the trunk of his own car, and Coleman shot him when he tried to break free while they drove around Atlanta. The three then drove to Newton County to an undeveloped subdivision to burn his body and car.

Video surveillance showed the three withdrawing money from Hall’s bank accounts and using his bank cards after the murder up until January 2010.

Coleman’s trial is expected to wrap up next week.