By Linda Looney-Bond
The second defendant to be tried in the 2006 torture-murder of a Morehouse College student told police that the victim begged for his life during the incident.
In Clayton County Superior Court Wednesday, prosecutors played a videotaped interview of Breylon Garland, 24, of College Park, being interviewed by Clayton County Police.
Garland, a former Morehouse student, is accused of participating in the beating and stabbing of fellow Morehouse student, Carlnell Walker, 23, that eventually ended in Walker's death.
According to prosecutors, Garland and three co-defendants tortured Walker for several hours on the night of June 21, 2006, at Walker's Riverdale home, then "threw" him in the trunk of a car in his garage, leaving him there to die. Walker's body was discovered July 8, 2006, according to testimony in the trial.
"Carlnell was kind of begging for his life," Garland told police during the taped interview, which took place on July 19, 2006.
He said the motive for the attack was money. According to prosecutors, Walker had apparently told several people that he was expecting a settlement from a March 2006 automobile crash.
During the interview, played in court Wednesday, Garland admitted that he helped place Walker in the trunk of the car. He said co-defendant, Keith Roberts, forced him to do it. "He [Roberts] told me to put him [Walker] in the trunk. I told him, no," Garland said on the tape. "He [Roberts] pulled a gun on me. He said, 'Look, you do this or you get in the trunk with him,'" Garland said.
Garland told police during the interview that he had no idea, before hand, that the co-defendants had planned to attack Walker.
Co-defendant, and former Morehouse student, Miles Allen, 24, was convicted Aug. 28 of participating in Walker's murder. Clayton County Superior Court Judge Deborah Benefield sentenced Allen to two life terms in prison, plus 70 years. Benefield is also presiding over Breylon Garland's trial.
Co-defendants, Keith Roberts and Theodore Holliman, will be tried separately, later, according to Clayton County Executive Assistant District Attorney Jason Green.
In the videotaped interview played Wednesday, Garland told police that the night of the incident, Allen called him and said that Roberts needed a ride to Riverdale.
"He said we're going to go over to his [Walker's] house and smoke a blunt."
Garland said he drove to Roberts' home and picked up the co-defendants. He said when they arrived at Carlnell Walker's home, Allen picked the lock on the front door.
"I looked at all three of them like, oh [expletive]. When he picked the lock, I was like, 'Ya'll got me here on some [expletive],'" Garland said.
"Keith said, 'You ain't going no where,'" Garland said. He said Roberts gestured "like he had a gun."
"I know him [Roberts] to have weapons," said Garland, who is charged with 13 counts, including murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, burglary, and armed robbery, according to the indictment against him. He's being held in the Clayton County Jail.
Testimony in the case is scheduled to continue today.