• Tempers rise during trial of fatal shooting of Norcross teen

    By: Tony Thomas


    NORCROSS, Ga. - As the prosecution's case in the murder trial of a Norcross teenager slowed, tempers began to flare in the courtroom Wednesday.

    Judge Tom Davis threatened to throw defense attorney Wesley Person in a holding cell when the Superior Court Judge believed Person was yelling at him.

    "Yell at me again and you'll be doing that through the hole in that door!" the judge said referring to the door to an area of jail cells where defendants in custody are held when the trial is in recess.

    The confrontation occurred as Person fought intensely to keep portions of jailhouse phone calls made by his client out of this trial.

    The jury wound up listening to several jailhouse phone calls made by defendants Eddie Green and Anthony Lumpkin. If convicted, both face possible double life sentences in the 2012 murder of 15-year-old Nick Jackson.

    The Norcross High School football player was shot in the chest during a home invasion where police believe gunmen were looking for his father's drugs and money stash.

    In one phone call, Eddie Green can be heard describing the shooting to a friend.

    "Nobody had no business shooting. If he goes somewhere , why the ****do you have to shoot for? There's four of them men, why the **** do they have to shoot the n***** for? Beat him up? You ain't got to shoot him. That was stupid, they was scared," Green said.

    In several calls, alleged trigger man Anthony Lumpkin repeatedly denied involvement.

    "The phone call's being monitored but I don't care because I ain't did nothing," Lumpkin said on the recording.

    In another call, Lumpkin can be heard admitting to kicking in a door during the crime. Two other men have admitted to participating in the home invasion and pleaded guilty in exchange for prison terms of 15 years.

    Another man, Jason Dozier, was convicted for his part and was sentenced to two life sentences plus several more years.

    The defense teams are expected to begin their cases at some point Thursday.

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