The murder trial started Tuesday for three men accused of kidnapping and beating a Milledgeville man to death before dumping him in Putnam County, said Ocmulgee District Attorney Fred Bright.
Roy Lee Bradshaw, 48, of Dublin; Mims Michael Morris Sr., 47, of Sardis; and Mims Michael Morris Jr., 18, of Sardis, are charged with murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and robbery in connection with the March 15, 2008, beating of 44-year-old Earl Eugene Gill, Bright said.
The men allegedly gave Gill $25 to buy drugs. Gill attempted to buy the drugs, but was unable to obtain any and lost the $25. When he returned without the drugs or the money, the men forced him into a van, Bright said.
Inside the van, the men beat him with their hands and feet and dumped him in Putnam County. Gill lived for 11 days after the beating.
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Bright said Bradshaw’s wife, who drove the van, also was charged in connection with the case. She pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and is serving a prison term, according to state prison records.