Suspect in carjacking death pleads not guilty to 7 counts
by Joshua Sharpe
January 18, 2014 10:26 PM | 1700 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jumar Greer
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Maurice Perkins
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CANTON — The second man facing charges in a fatal botched carjacking outside Woodstock in August pleaded not guilty Thursday — one month after his alleged accomplice pleaded guilty and was sentenced 20 years in prison.

Jumar Greer, 19, of Acworth, pleaded not guilty to seven counts, including felony murder, kidnapping and armed robbery, in the Aug. 22 incident that police said left a third suspect shot to death in the stolen car, according to the Cherokee Clerk of Court’s Office.

Greer’s plea of not guilty was one month after Maurice Perkins, 20, of Gary, Ind., entered a negotiated plea of guilty to voluntary manslaughter Dec. 18 in the shooting death of Andre Rod-riguez, 27, of Acworth, whose death Greer is also charged in.

Perkins was sentenced to 20 years in state prison, followed by 20 years of probation for his role in the incident police said ended with the stolen 2011 Dodge Charger crashed on Highway 92 and Rodriguez shot to death inside.

According to his sentencing, Perkins must testify about the case or any related matters and must pay restitution to Christine Humphries, the mother of Justin Humphries, 19, of Acworth, who Greer and Perkins have been accused of kidnapping, assaulting and robbing.

Two others accused of helping Greer evade police, Quovadis Arrington and Tavaris Dondre Arrington, 23-year-old twins from Acworth, also pleaded not guilty Thursday, according to the Cherokee County Clerk of Court’s Office.

Humphries’ 2011 Dodge Charger was found wrecked near Wade Green Road after he heard a gunshot in the car, police said at the time of the incident.

Their indictment said, just before the gunshot, Perkins and Greer had been pistol-whipping Humphries in the head, when he began to struggle with them for control of a .38-caliber Ruger, and it went off, killing Rodriguez.

Greer and Perkins and were indicted in December on seven charges each, including felony murder, kidnapping and armed robbery. Perkins entered a negotiated plea of guilty to voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and armed robbery.

The indictment didn’t specify which suspect was accused of holding the gun when it shot Rodriguez. District Attorney Shannon Wallace recently declined to comment on that detail, because of the other pending cases.

No court date has been set for Greer or the twins, according to the Cherokee Clerk of Court’s Office.

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