DA Will Seek Death Penalty for Macon Murder Suspect

7:48 AM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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by Bernie O'Donnell, 13WMAZ.com


- Macon DA David Cooke says he'll pursue the death penalty against Tracy Jones.

- Jones is one of four people accused of killing Gail Spencer in October 2012.

- Co-defendant Michael Brett Kelly will plead guilty Monday, get life without parole and testify against the others.

Macon district attorney says he will seek the death penalty against Tracy Jones, one of four people accused of killing Gail Spencer in October 2012.

David Cooke made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

He also said one of Jones' co-defendants, Michael Brett Kelly, will plead guilty in the case Monday and receive life without parole. He said Kelly will testify against his three co-defendants when they go to trial.

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Cooke said the murder of Spencer, a legal secretary, qualifies for the death penalty on several grounds, including involving "torture or depravity of mind."

Jones, who worked for the same law firm as Spencer, and three others were allegedly stealing money from the law firm.

Also charged are Keith Anthony Dozier and Courtney Kelly.

The four are accused of plotting to kill the 58-year-old Spencer in her home last October.

All four were indicted last December on five counts that included malice murder and theft.


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