"Racially Motivated" Cold Case Closer To Being Solved

By Julien Virgin

June 18, 2018 - 5:25 pm

Spalding County authorities are attempting to close the cold case murder of 23-year-old Timothy Loggins.

Loggins body was found along dirt road in Spalding County in 1983. He died of multiple forms of trauma in what authorities believe to be a racially motivated crime.

After 34 years, police arrested and charged Frankie Gerhard, 59, and his brother in law Bill Moore Sr., 58, with felony murder. 

Police also arrested Milner Police Officer Lamar Bunin for obstruction, and Spalding County Detention Officer Gregory Huffman for violation of oath office.

Prosecutors believe Loggins, a black man, was killed for socializing with a white woman. 

According to witnesses, on Oct. 7, 1983, Loggins was last spotted leaving a bar with a white woman before getting into a vehicle with three men. Prosecutors believe Gebhardt was one of those men.

Coggins' body was found Oct. 9, 1983, along power lines behind a pickup truck with multiple cuts to his neck, back and stomach. 

Gebhardt and Moore are currently on trial for Coggins murder.

Only 127 of 325 summoned potential jurors showed up for jury selection Monday.