Opening arguments set in Zebulon Road murder trial

jkovac@macon.comMarch 24, 2014 

Opening arguments are set to begin Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Kyle Dougherty, a Bibb County man accused in a 2012 shotgun slaying at an abandoned house in Monroe County.

Jury selection in the case concluded Monday afternoon in Monroe Superior Court.

Dougherty, 23, and a longtime friend have been accused in the Jan. 27, 2012, killing of Trevious Thomas, a 21-year-old from Macon.

Dougherty’s friend, Stephen Lober, 22, pleaded guilty last fall to his role in the slaying.

Authorities say the two Rutland High School graduates, both Eagle Scouts, conspired to lure Thomas to a dilapidated house along Zebulon Road in southern Monroe County.

The pair’s plan was to trick Thomas into thinking they were going to sell him marijuana, then rob him at the secluded, ramshackle house, investigators have said.

Thomas’ body was found four days later when Dougherty led Bibb sheriff’s investigators to it.

Dougherty, who is out of jail on bond, faces nine charges in all, including murder, armed robbery and concealing a death.

Lober, who pleaded guilty to felony murder in November, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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