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Testimony links wife to accused go-between
Ross charged with conspiring to help arrange death of Snellville man
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The lead investigator in the trial over a 2010 Hall County slaying testified Friday about links between the Snellville woman who conspired to kill her husband and the woman accused of helping arrange the hired killing.

After Stacey Schoeck confessed she had hired Reginald Coleman to kill her husband on Valentine’s Day 2010, investigators used phone and financial records to corroborate her claim that she had met Lynitra Ross and Coleman, both of Austell, at a Buford Walmart on Jan. 23 that year.

From there, Stacey Schoeck has testified, the three drove to Belton Bridge Park to scout out the would-be location of Richard Schoeck’s murder.

Of the three accused of conspiring to kill Richard Schoeck, Ross, the alleged go-between, has been on trial in Hall County this week for what prosecutors say was her role in the slaying.

On the day of her arrest in May 2010, Ross admitted to connecting Schoeck with Coleman.

But she told investigators that Schoeck told her she needed someone to steal a car, according to a video of her interrogation played in court Friday.

In the video, Ross also told investigators that she gave Coleman money from Schoeck but never asked what it was for.

“She didn’t tell me who,” Ross told Hall County Sheriff’s Capt. Woodrow Tripp in the video. “She just said a robbery.”

Also in the video, Ross said she never bothered to ask Coleman what business he and Schoeck were conducting. In an initial meeting, Coleman sent Ross out for food, according to her statement in the video.

Schoeck has testified otherwise.

Ross is charged with malice murder. Her attorneys have argued that the state does not have enough evidence to prove that she was aware Schoeck and Coleman were planning to kill Richard Schoeck.

But testimony Friday attempted to show that Ross was involved in a pre-murder meeting at which the alleged conspirators scouted the site where Richard Schoeck later would be killed.

Dan Franklin, who took the lead investigating the slaying, testified that Ross’ bank records showed that on Jan. 23, 2010, she made a $20 purchase at a Buford Chevron near the Walmart where Stacey Schoeck said they met.

Ross’ phone records also showed she received a call from Stacey Schoeck’s cellphone just before 8:15 a.m. that day.

On that same morning, Coleman also made a call. His phone records show it connected through the same Buford cell tower, according to Franklin’s testimony.

Franklin testified Friday in what would be the final full day of prosecutors’ presentation of evidence. Defense attorneys will argue their case next week.

Schoeck has admitted to the plot and testified earlier this week. That cooperation will allow her to avoid the death penalty in a deal struck with prosecutors.

Coleman faces the death penalty; his trial has not yet been scheduled.

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