Bobby Tillman Update: Suspects in Ga. Teen Beating Death Speak Out
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (CBS/WGCL) Two out of the four teens arrested in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Bobby Tillman, who was beaten to death in an unprovoked attack at a house party in Georgia, have broken their silence in a jailhouse interview with CBS affiliate WGCL.
Suspect Horace Coleman said he witnessed the heinous beating death, but said he was not involved. He believed he was arrested because several witnesses named him a suspect.
Coleman said, "I didn't even get within 10 feet."
WGCL asked who did the killing.
Coleman said, "I don't feel comfortable talking without my lawyer."
While Coleman would not name names, he believes he'll eventually walk free, saying "I'm very positive I will get out of here and not be charged with murder."
Suspect Emanuel Boykins believes he's been framed.
Boykins said, "50 people said my name." When asked why he thought so many people named him as a suspect, Boykins said it was due to peer pressure.
Quantez Mallory and Tracen Franklin refused to answer any of our questions without their lawyer present.
All four suspects are charged with murdering Tillman early Sunday morning after a house party in Douglasville, Ga.
The suspects said a large group of at least 20 people were involved in stomping Tillman to death.
Douglas County Maj. Tommy Wheeler said a fight broke out between two
females and two males at the house party early Sunday, and one of the
females hit a male. The man said he wouldn't retaliate against a girl,
but he would hit the next man that walked by, said Wheeler.
Tillman happened to be the unlucky person, and Wheeler said multiple attackers beat and stomped him. Deputies arriving at the scene tried to administer CPR to the teen, but he didn't survive.
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