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Cox jury selected; testimony begins

By Walter Geiger A jury was selected Monday and testimony got underway this morning in the murder trial of Joshua James Cox. Cox is charged with murder, felony murder and two counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony in connection with the July 14, 2015 shooting death of Donald Terrell Clark. Testimony started with the man who found Clark’s body and a young woman who saw Cox acting strangely just after the shooting. James Bell of Griffin testified he had been doing yard work for Clark and went to his home to fix a starter on his truck. He found Clark lying in his driveway. ”I thought he was goofing around and tapped his foot with my foot and said ‘Get up man’. Clark did not respond and Bell called Clark’s wife then 911. Sabrina Clark and a co-worker from Waffle House in Barnesville arrived before the ambulance. Erica Callahan, a Spalding County 911 operator, testified Cox called at 9:03 a.m., identifed himself and said he had shot someone. She asked where he was. He answered, “You know” then hung up. Dakota Lupton testified she was tending horses at her home across the street when she heard two gunshots in quick succession. She said she saw Cox in the road with a cellphone to his ear. He then threw the phone to the ground, knelt in the road and screamed something like, “I can climb any mountain”. He then sped away in a lifted, regular cab truck, she said. Court broke for lunch just before noon and will reconvene at 1 p.m. James Bell of Griffin testified he had been doing yard work for Clark and went to his home to fix a starter on his truck. He found Clark lying in his driveway. ”I thought he was goofing around and tapped his foot with my foot and said ‘Get up man’. Clark did not respond and Bell called Clark’s wife then 911. Sabrina Clark and a co-worker from Waffle House in Barnesville arrived before the ambulance. Erica Callahan, a Spalding County 911 operator, testified Cox called at 9:03 a.m., identifed himself and said he had shot someone. She asked where he was. He answered, “You know” then hung up. Dakota Lupton testified she was tending horses at her home across the street when she heard two gunshots in quick succession. She said she saw Cox in the road with a cellphone to his ear. He then threw the phone to the ground, knelt in the road and screamed something like, “I can climb any mountain”. He then sped away in a lifted, regular cab truck, she said. Court broke for lunch just before noon and will reconvene at 1 p.m.

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