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Houston indictment includes chilling detail of killing of Sam Poss

Neighborhood gathers for slain teen Sam Poss at prayer vigil

Friends, family and the neighborhood come together for a prayer vigil to remember Sam Poss on Oct. 20 at Ochlahatchee Ball Park in Perry. Poss, 18, was found dead Wednesday night after being missing since Saturday morning.
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Friends, family and the neighborhood come together for a prayer vigil to remember Sam Poss on Oct. 20 at Ochlahatchee Ball Park in Perry. Poss, 18, was found dead Wednesday night after being missing since Saturday morning.

A Houston County indictment included a chilling detail about the slaying of 18-year-old Sam Poss of Perry last month.

Dakota White, 17, and Brandon Warren, 18, were indicted Tuesday on one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault. The two were also indicted on one count of concealing the death of another and one count of tampering with evidence.

White and Warren are charged in the indictment with “strangling (Poss) and placing a plastic bag over his head, causing asphyxia.” They also used a cord in the assault, prosecutors say.

The concealing-the-death charge is related to trying to hide the body in a wooded area off Lake Joy Road. The tampering-with-evidence charge is related to trying to conceal knives used in the assault, according to the indictment.

An autopsy found that Poss died from asphyxia from suffocation from being strangled, said Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes. Contributing factors were stab wounds to the upper torso.

Poss was killed between 11 p.m. Oct. 14 and and 7 a.m. Oct. 15, according to arrest warrants.

When the 18-year-old first went missing over the weekend, his parents thought he’d been at White’s house fixing his computer, then decided to walk home but never arrived.

Authorities searched extensively in large, wooded area near a path that leads from the home White shared with his grandparents on Tucker Road to the Frank Satterfield Road home where Poss had lived with his dad.

His body was found in a wooded area off Branch View Trail, across from were it connects with Addison Lane.

Also, authorities discovered disturbing posts on Facebook pages that authorities said belonged to White and Warren.

Both teens are being held without bond at the Houston County jail.

Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser

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