Out on bail, man faces homicide charge

ALBANY -- A man out on bail facing two burglary trials sits in the Dougherty County Jail on vehicular homicide charges for killing a 66-year-old man in January.

Albany resident Terry Roberson, 33, whose jail history stretches back to 2002, was out on bail when he allegedly drove a Buick into Roosevelt Coley on Oglethorpe Boulevard, according to court documents.

"We vigorously objected to bail based on his past record," said Chris Cohilas, chief assistant district attorney of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit.

"We went to court and argued against his release on bail. When we heard he wasn't fulfilling his terms of bail --he didn't participate in a drug test -- we went to court and had bail revoked."

In a motion to set bail for Roberson for the July burglary of the Lily Pad, a community service organization, assistant public defender Sandra Satchell outlined reasons bail should be granted.

"Defendant poses no significant threat or danger to any person, the community or to any property in the community," the motion stated.

Superior Court Judge Willie Lockett granted Roberson $15,000 bail Oct. 1, court documents stated. Lockett did not immediately return phone calls to his office about granting bail to Roberson.

A motion to revoke bail was filed by Cohilas on Feb. 26. On March 1 Roberson was back in jail, a jail spokeswoman said.

Albany Police Department officers got a tip to Roberson's possible involvement in the vehicle homicide and served warrants on him March 5, while he was in jail, police officials reported.

The charges against Roberson stemming from Coley's death include vehicular homicide, ignoring a red light and other charges such as driving without a license, police reported. The other cases against Roberson are for burglaries.

Roberson still faces charges resulting from a burglary of Erickson's Forklift business in 2008 and the Lily Pad burglary, court papers stated. His prison record stretches back to 2002, the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site dcor.state.ga.us states.

"We are going to hold Roberson accountable for all of his crimes," Cohilas said. "We have been in touch with the police, and we are planning a very strong case."

Police continue to request the public's help in locating an SUV that also hit Coley in January and in their search for Antwan Jermain Fields, the owner of the 1996 burgundy Buick that Roberson drove into Coley, said a police spokesperson.

Anyone with additional information should call the police at (229) 431-2100 and ask for the traffic unit, or call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or (229) 431-3288.