Six Coffee County youths face murder charges for the shooting death of a Mt. Leo man in a robbery gone bad.
Their charges come for the death of Osbaldo Luna, 43, whose bullet-riddled body was found in January inside his small trailer located behind a business on Beersheba Street.
Six suspects, Nicholas D. McGee, 20, and Tyler Allen Jones, 19, and juveniles Charles Guess, Malik Scott, Melvin Horn and Sam Brinkley, all 17 at the time, have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting. They are set to stand trial this February.
Investigators believe the group went to Luna’s trailer with intent to rob him of marijuana. They planned the heist while at school at Coffee County High earlier in the day. When the heavily armed youths arrived, Brinkley threw open the door and opened fire. Police think Brinkley panicked and shot the victim while asleep.
The group was caught by chance when a patrolling deputy saw their cars parked at a car wash near the scene of the crime. The youths were caught with guns and the victim’s wallet.
The juveniles were ordered to stand trial as adults, have all since turned 18, and are being held at Warren County. Housing the juveniles in a juvenile facility out of town until they turned 18 cost Warren County tens of thousands of dollars.