Trials begin for murder suspects





ALBANY — Jury selection has been completed for two murder trials taking place in Dougherty Superior Court this week.

Brian Beasley is on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Robert Purvis at the Splash-N-Dash car wash on South Mock Road in February 2011. His trial is being presided over by Judge Willie Lockette.

Purvis was reportedly shot in a car wash stall. His car, a red 2001 Pontiac Sunfire, was found in the Albany Mall parking lot shortly afterward.

The Albany Police Department caught up to Beasley the next day at the Sleep Inn on Dawson Road, where he was apprehended without incident.

A spokesperson for the Dougherty District Attorney’s Office Monday said Beasley is facing multiple charges including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, theft by taking and possession of a firearm in connection to a crime.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said Monday evening that the jury had been selected, and that opening statements were set to begin this morning.

The other trial concerns LaDerick Chappell, who is on trial in connection to the pipe-beating death of Frankie Carr, 54, in October 2010 on East Broad Avenue.

Initially, Gregory Spann was arrested in connection to the murder but later set free. Chappell was arrested Nov. 12, 2010 in Atlanta on warrants for the same murder issued by the APD.

Chappell faces charges of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

Opening statements for his trial, which is being presided over by Judge Loring Gray, were presented Monday and evidence will be presented today.