15-year-old charged with murder in funeral home killing

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Today Savannah Police issued Deion Micah Pinckney, 15, an arrest warrant for the murder of John Cooksey Jr., who was shot at Bonaventure Funeral Home on Feb. 3 and has since succumbed to his injuries.

"Cooksey, 12, was attending the funeral of Ricky Jerome Boyd at Bonaventure Funeral Home, 2520 Bonaventure Road, about 3:15 p.m. Feb. 3 when he was struck by gunfire. He was transported to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries," police report.

In the early hours of Feb. 4, "Savannah Police Violent Crimes detectives, SWAT and the Hostage Negotiation Team executed arrest warrants on Pinckney. He was transported to Regional Youth Detention Center on two counts of aggravated assault and single counts of aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a minor."

On the evening of Feb. 5, "Cooksey passed away, resulting in an upgraded charge of murder for Pinckney. The warrant was served today" at the detention center, police say.

The case remains under investigation.



Anyone with information should contact the SCMPD tip line by calling (912) 525-3124. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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