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DeKalb man found guilty of murder by Newton jury

COVINGTON -- A Newton County jury found a DeKalb man guilty of murdering an Atlanta man in December 2009.

After a two-day trial, a 12-person jury, consisting of two men and 10 women, found Jordan Michael Coleman, 22, guilty of murdering 44-year-old Alvin Hall of Atlanta.

Hall's burned body and vehicle were found on a trail in an abandoned part of a subdivision near McGiboney Lane in Newton County near the Rockdale County line in late December 2009.

Coleman was found guilty on all counts -- malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, two counts of second degree arson, concealing the death of another and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

He is expected to be sentenced April 30.

Codefendant Candice Cadasha Pope, of Palmetto, entered a guilty plea in April 2012 on the third day of her trial.

The state granted a third codefendant, Brandon Hambrick, also of DeKalb County, derivative use of immunity, meaning that what he says on the stand cannot be used against him at his own trial, in which he is facing the same charges.

It has not been announced when Hambrick's trial will be heard in the Newton County Superior.

Prosecutors have said that the three developed a plan to rob Hall after he loaned Pope money earlier in the month. Allegedly, they attempted to rob him by luring him to an Atlanta bar and rushing his car, but found no money since he hadn't been paid yet for the week. Instead, they pushed him into the trunk of his own car and drove around to decide what to do with him.

The other two codefendants, who are first cousins, said that Coleman shot Hall when the victim tried to break free and then stuffed him in the trunk of his car, doused him with gasoline and set the vehicle on fire.

Jurors heard from the codefendants and some of their friends and family members and first responders. They also saw cell phone records and photos of the crime scene.