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October 3, 2012

Grand jury indicts in Hancock double murder

SPARTA —  

 A Hancock County grand jury indicted Brandon Charleston, 19, last week on all seven charges surrounding the Sept. 11, 2011 murder of 33-year-old Darryl Scott and 31-year-old Dedria Greene.

Last September, officers responded to 141 Tommie Lane in rural Hancock County after someone else in the home called for help. Scott and Greene were killed between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Scott initially survived the shooting and was conscious at the scene, but died on the way to Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville.

The grand jury indictment returned last week consists of murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary charges.

The first four counts were for the malice and felony murder of Scott and Greene. Due to the malice aforethought and unlawful commission of a felony during both deaths, all four counts were charged and rightfully indicted, according to Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright. 

Charleston fired at Greene’s son with a pistol but missed. The boy ran for cover in the bathtub as the shooting occurred. 

Charleston took Scott's necklace with use of offensive weapon, accounting to the armed robbery charge. The seventh and final burglary count was for entering the residence with intent to commit a theft.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Brian Hargrove testified before the grand jury. 

Bright said no trial date is set, but he expects the trial to begin early next year. Charleston remains in the Hancock County Jail.

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