Accused newlywed killer hears charges in Twiggs court

lfabian@macon.comFebruary 1, 2013 

Danielle Hoskins’ body lay in the woods off Cochran Short Route for more than 20 hours before she was pronounced dead, Twiggs County Coroner Harold Reece said.

An autopsy Friday morning at the GBI crime lab in Macon confirmed that the 37-year-old mother of four died of multiple gunshot wounds in the woods off the Longleaf Pine Trail at the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on Ga. 129, or Ocmulgee East Boulevard.

“They were sporadic shots in the torso area,” Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said.

Her husband of 19 days, Marcus D. Hoskins, 45, went before Twiggs County Magistrate Judge David Brown at 3 p.m. Friday, said Twiggs Chief Deputy Billy Boney.

Hoskins was read the charges against him, including felony murder and kidnapping, and was bound over to Superior Court due to the severity of the crime.

The sheriff said bond won’t likely be granted, since Hoskins is on probation in Ben Hill County, where he was convicted of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

The Georgia Department of Corrections website says he was released from prison in May.

Although Hoskins confessed to Jones County deputies that he killed his wife, Mitchum said they are processing all the evidence for possible prosecution.

“He could still plead not guilty and we have to be able to prove it,” Mitchum said.

Although investigators originally said she was killed Wednesday evening, they have pinpointed the shooting to between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, after the couple returned from visiting her daughter in an Atlanta area hospital, Mitchum said. She was pronounced dead about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Her remains were released to Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, where she formerly worked.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The funeral for Hurley Danielle Kelly Thompson Hoskins is set for Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home, located at 3969 Mercer University Drive. Burial will follow in the Kelly family cemetery.

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