Man draws life sentences in two Monroe County slayings

jkovac@macon.comFebruary 10, 2014 

One of the young men accused of killing of a pair of brothers-in-law in Monroe County last May pleaded guilty to murder charges Monday.

The triggerman in the case, Jordan Keaugh Maxwell, who was 18 when he was charged last spring, was sentenced to life without parole for each slaying, said Richard Milam, the Towaliga Judicial Circuit district attorney.

Maxwell and three other teens believed to have ties to the M.O.E. (“Money Over Everything”) gang happened upon their victims in the wee hours of May 6.

Brothers-in-law Russell Jacobs, 36, and James Pittman Wood, 40, were at the Marathon convenience mart at the upper end of Riverside Drive in Bibb County after their pickup broke down nearby.

Milam said the two had been drinking and that they caught a ride from the Marathon to Woods’ house nearby, in southern Monroe County. But the people who gave them a lift in a Pontiac Torrent, Milam said, were out to rob them.

At the house, on Woods Drive, the pair were shot in the head and their assailants made off with a wide-screen TV, a laptop computer and other items.

Sameeria R. Carter, 16, one of the teens in the Pontiac, pleaded guilty last year to armed robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the condition that she testify against the others, Milam said.

Two other suspects, Marquez Deshawn Martin, 19, and Dave’von Sapp, 17, were indicted on murder charges Monday.

It was Maxwell, though, “who was like the leader of that group,” the district attorney said.

“He elected to go ahead and plead guilty ... because he murdered two people in cold blood, at close range.”

Milam said the four suspects had been “in the habit of going around late at night looking for things to do.”

He said they spotted Wood and Jacobs broken down and hatched a plan to rob them.

“The plan was to roll these men for whatever money they had,” Milam said. “And as things progressed, (Maxwell) just decided he was gonna shoot them.”

Contact writer Joe Kovac Jr. at 744-4397.

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