A judge denied a motion Monday to dismiss the grand jury indictment of Reginald Coleman, the alleged triggerman in the 2010 Valentine’s Day contract killing of 45-year-old Richard Schoeck.
Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal ruled the ethnic composition of the jury was within the constitutional guidelines, something the defense argued.
Coleman’s lawyers attempted to show the grand jury list, which was created using statistics from the 2000 census, was outdated and not representative of the ethnic makeup of the community. Specifically, they argued more Hispanics should have been included because of an increase in the size of that population over the last 10 years.
However, Deal upheld the indictment, saying the grand jury was well within the guidelines, even considering more recent statistics.
The decision was the most recent of more than 80 motions that have been submitted as part of Coleman’s defense. Deal is scheduled at 9 a.m. today to hear a motion to suppress evidence.
Coleman is one of three defendants indicted in the murder of Schoeck.
Stacey Morgan Schoeck, the victim’s wife who is accused of orchestrating the murder-for-hire scheme, and Lynitra Ross, who is accused of acting as the go-between for Coleman and Stacey Schoeck, also were indicted in June 2010.
Richard Schoeck was found shot to death at Belton Bridge Park in North Hall, where he was meeting his wife to exchange Valentine’s Day cards, officers have said. His wife found the body and called police around 9 p.m.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigators later accused the trio of a murder-for-hire scheme plotted on behalf of Stacey Schoeck. She stood to gain insurance money, investigators said.