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Cox murder trial underway in Forsyth

By Walter Geiger The murder trial of Joshua James Cox got underway Monday at the Monroe County courthouse with jury selection. The trial was moved to Forsyth due to coverage by The Herald Gazette. 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. Clark was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in the driveway of his home at 939 Chappell Mill Rd. According to court testimony, Cox told investigators he and Clark had taken hallucinogenic drugs and were smoking marijuana. At some point, Cox saw Clark as a zombie and shot him with a Glock handgun. After the shooting, Cox allegedly went to his parents home in Butts County where an altercation ensued and he was arrested. He was jailed there when charged the Clark murder. The defense had sought to suppress statements Cox made to two jailers at the Butts detention facility. Judge Tommy Wilson ruled admissible statements Clark made to a jailer indicating he had killed someone because they were not the product of interrogation. Statements made after a jailer asked ‘who did you kill?’ were suppressed, according to the judge’s Jan. 19 ruling.

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