Houston & Peach

‘Facilitator’ in alleged Houston County contract killing testifies

PERRY -- Tony Taylor of Turner County testified Wednesday that he was “the facilitator” between a former Cordele trucking company owner and the man allegedly hired to carry out a contract killing for him.

The killer got the wrong guy. Taylor was not charged in connection with the crime.

The former trucking company owner, Devasko Lewis, 36, is on trial in Houston County Superior Court on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit murder in the 2014 slaying of Kerry Glenn behind his uncle’s home off Ga. 224 near Perry.

Lewis is accused of paying 24-year-old Jamarcus Clark of Ashburn $2,500 for shooting up a home belonging to Corey Daniels’ mother five days before killing Glenn behind Daniels’ home on Ga. 224.

Glenn was Daniels’ nephew.

Daniels, the alleged front man behind the truck company that Lewis is accused of running despite a federal shutdown order, is expected to testify against him in a pending federal case for allegedly violating that order. Lewis faces up to 12 months in jail in that case.

Clark is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to the killing and to firing into the home. He testified Tuesday that Lewis hired him to kill Daniels, but he killed Glenn thinking he was Daniels.

Daniels allegedly took about $70,000 from the trucking business. He testified Tuesday that he kept much less than that from the business that was in his name and that he said he also ran.

The prosecution’s case is that Lewis had ample motive to go after Daniels and that Lewis actively participated in both the slaying and shooting into the home of Daniels’ mother.

The defense contends that Lewis was never involved and offered an alternative scenario.

In that scenario, Clark shot Glenn independently of Lewis during a robbery that Taylor allegedly instigated for the money Daniels got from the trucking business. Taylor and Clark are first cousins.

Taylor testified that Clark shot up the home of Daniels’ mother just to shake up Daniels and killed Glenn by mistake five days later. He testified that Lewis paid Clark $8,000 for those deeds.

Taylor also testified that he did not put Clark up to robbing Daniels.

Taylor, who was handcuffed and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, pleaded guilty in December 2013 to federal tax fraud and identity fraud. He is facing up to 20 years in prison.

Part of his negotiated plea read in court was that federal prosecutors would recommend less prison time for his truthful testimony in the Houston County case.

Lewis’ attorney, Franklin J. Hogue of Macon, pointed out to jurors inconsistencies in Taylor’s testimony on the witness stand and to authorities.

Taylor initially told authorities that he did not introduce Lewis to Clark. Taylor also denied paying Clark to shoot up the home of a Turner County reporter a year before the Glenn killing in an unrelated case. The reporter had written articles about Taylor’s tax fraud case, Hogue said.

Testimony is expected to resume Thursday.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.