Colquitt Football Players Face Murder Charges related to Norman Park Murder

| July 18, 2015

Colquitt County Football

MOULTRIE — Members of the state championship Colquitt County Packer football team have been arrested, facing charges of murder and criminal intent to commit armed robbery.

TyKerrius “Grump” Jones, 17, a junior at Colquitt County High School who averaged more than 10 yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns as the Packers won the Class AAAAAA state championship last year, was one of seven teens charged in the July 5 shooting death of John Hester, 68 of Norman Park.

Two of the others charged –€” I-Key Pinkins and Brandon Wynn — were also members of the championship team.

Assistant special agent in charge Bahan Rich, told WCTV that investigators believed murder was not the intent when the crime was committed.

“The group planned on robbing Mr. Hester’s son, who lives across the road,” Rich said. “During that attempt, Mr. Hester encountered them, shots were exchanged between the two, and, of course, Mr. Hester was struck by one of the bullets and subsequently died.”

“This is a very tragic, very sobering situation,” Colquitt County coach Rush Propst told the Observer on Thursday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hester family and everyone affected by this crime.”

“A lot of these kids end up in trouble,” Propst said. “That’s why we push getting (football) scholarship so much. It’s so important for these kids to get out of Moultrie.”

Propst called Jones “a big part of our football team and a huge part of our offense,” adding he (expected) Jones to rush for about 1,500 yards and score more than 20 touchdowns this season.

“We expected great things from him. We thought (he’d) be about a third of our offense. He’s a difference-maker.”

But, Propst, cautioned, “No team should ever be affected by the dismissal of one player. This is a team game. We have a multitide of players. We just have to make some adjustments, reconfigure some things and put this behind us.

“I’m anxious to see how our team reacts.”

The team has some 38 seniors and a strong junior class that could help the team overcome Jones’s loss.

It doesn’t seem like the loss of Jones on the field compares to that of the Hester family.

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  1. Twobuckchuck says:

    Rule of trigger finger ; finger tells brain to seek shelter before confronting robbers and firing shots at them……. wildwest shoot outs never end well….. I am sorry for the loss of life of a family man trying to protect his son, his blood !