Two Decatur County men convicted of 2014 murder




Joshua Lee
Joshua Lee

Two men accused of shooting and killing Robert Roscoe Cannon August 17, 2014 have been found guilty after a five day jury trial in Decatur County.

The jury returned guilty verdicts for Jonathan Maurice Johnson, 24, and Joshua Anthony Lee, 29, on charges of Malice Murder and Aggravated Assault.

The trial began Monday, Nov. 2, with Senior Assistant District Attorney David Atwell serving as prosecutor, and the trial concluded just before noon on Friday, Nov. 6.

Jonathan Johnson
Jonathan Johnson

Superior Court Chief Judge A. Wallace Cato sentenced Jonathan Maurice Johnson and Joshua Anthony Lee to serve life sentences in prison.

A third co-defendant, Marcus Trevon Scott, pled guilty on May 4, 2015 to Conspiracy to Commit Murder and was sentenced to 10 years to serve in the state prison system by Judge Kevin Chason.

With the assistance of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Terry Phillips, prosecutor Atwell was able to prove that on August 17, 2014, Johnson and Lee shot and killed Mr. Cannon at 121 Philyaw Road, Attapulgus, Georgia. (Please see related article: Man on trial in Decatur County courtroom for more details on the incident)

Marquis Scott
Marquis Scott

District Attorney David Atwell stated, “No parent should have to bury their child. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cannon family. I would like to thank the jury for ensuring that the defendants won’t be able to hurt anyone else for a long, long time. The impaneled jury did an excellent job this week and it was clear how serious they took their duty during the course of the five-day trial.”

The Decatur County November 2015 trial term concluded on Friday, November 6, 2015.




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