Bibb man charged with killing newlywed wife had lengthy criminal record

Sheriff: Husband held woman at gunpoint, made her walk 50 yards into woods before killing her

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 31, 2013 

“Till death do us part” lasted just 19 days for a Bibb County couple.

Marcus D. Hoskins, 45, called the Jones County Sheriff’s Office early Thursday morning to confess to killing his new bride, said Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum.

Hurley Danielle Thompson Hoskins’ body was left overnight at the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge off Ocmulgee East Boulevard, just over the Bibb County line.

Her newlywed husband held the 37-year-old at gunpoint and made her walk about 50 yards into the woods where he shot her about five or six times, Mitchum said.

He led deputies to her remains Thursday morning near the Longleaf Pine Trail, which is not far off Ga. 129, that is also known as the Cochran Short Route.

Jones County sheriff’s Capt. Earl Humphries said his investigators were on a first-name basis with Hoskins, who faces multiple charges.

“Marcus has always been straight with us. Maybe that’s why he called us,” said Humphries, who declined to say what Hoskins told them led to the shooting.

Humphries referred questions to Mitchum.

“Apparently they were having some marital issues and he brought her out here ... and shot her,” Mitchum said at the scene.

Hoskins was arrested at the refuge, he said.

Mitchum said Hoskins is charged with felony murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, theft by conversion and commission of a crime by a convicted felon.

Not a first-time offender

The Georgia Department of Corrections website shows his lengthy criminal record.

Hoskins was released in May from Johnson State Prison after serving a sentence for aggravated assault on a peace officer in Ben Hill County.

He was convicted in Gwinnett County for forgery in 2002.

Hoskins also served time for an attempted armed robbery and robbery in Macon in 1992 and had multiple forgery convictions in Bibb County between 1986 and 1991.

“His record is as long as the interstate,” said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, who knew the victim from her days working at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home.

“I know she was a good person. This girl was a professional,” Jones said. “She has always had a calming effect on families in the turmoil of grief.”

Hoskins is survived by two sons and two daughters from her prior marriage.

Mitchum said the newlyweds had traveled to Cobb County, where her 16-year-old daughter is recovering from surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

They got into some sort of argument about her ex-husband on the way back home Wednesday.

She was considering getting back together with him for the sake of the children, Mitchum said.

Her family in Cobb County reported her missing Wednesday, he said.

The couple lives off Jeffersonville Road in Bibb County, Mitchum said.

The GBI gathered evidence at the scene and will assist in the investigation.

The Telegraph would like to speak to those who knew and loved Danielle. To contact Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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