DeKalb man gets life for Newton County murder

COVINGTON -- A DeKalb man was sentenced to life plus 35 years, after being found guilty of murdering an Atlanta man in December 2009.

Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton sentenced Jordan Michael Coleman, 22, on Tuesday, after a jury recently found him guilty of murdering 44-year-old Alvin Hall of Atlanta. He was found guilty on all of his 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.

His codefendant Brandon Hambrick, also of DeKalb County, recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, arson in the second degree and concealing the death of another; he was sentenced to 30 years with 10 to serve.

Their other codefendant Candice Cadasha Pope, of Palmetto, entered a guilty plea in April 2012 on the third day of her trial. She previously was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.

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.

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.