The trial of Kinterie Durden, 19, of Social Circle begins Monday in a Walton County courtroom. Durden, who was 16 at the time of the alleged double murder of Cortez White and Davoddren Harris on May 22, 2017, will appear in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn. District Attorney Layla Zon is prosecuting the case. Atlanta Attorney Dwight L. Thomas is defending Durden who is charged with two counts of malice murder, 4 counts of felony murder, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of felony aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
According to Zon at an earlier bond hearing for Durden, White and Harris were shot multiple times, “ambushed,” from the back seat of the vehicle. Bond was denied at the time and Durden, who was being tried as an adult, was transferred out of juvenile detention as soon as he turned 17.
The two men were allegedly shot dead after traveling from Meriwether County to sell a dirt bike they had advertised on social media. Information retrieved from one of the victim’s cell phones that was left in the car allegedly had correspondence between the men and Durden about the potential sale of a dirt bike. Durden had allegedly asked to be picked up from his home in Social Circle and taken to another location to get the money for the bike. He was seen riding the bike in Social Circle following the shooting.
Zon said jury selection will begin Monday morning and they also expect to have opening statements and hear from a few witnesses during the day.