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Defendant pleads guilty to murder in Boydton slaying / February 21, 2018
One of three individuals charged in the January 2016 shooting death of Terrance Terrell Coleman entered a guilty plea in court Thursday.

Jaquan Hickman, 21, of Skipwith pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder in the commission of a robbery and one count of animal cruelty. He becomes the second defendant to be convicted of murder in the slaying.

As part of the plea agreement with Hickman, Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Nash dismissed one additional count of first degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, as well as one count of armed burglary, one count of burglary, two counts of robbery and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Hickman faces a maximum sentence of life in prison plus five years, and fines of up to $102,500. His sentencing is set for May 11 before Mecklenburg County Circuit Judge Leslie Osborn.

Coleman’s body was discovered by his mother, Lenore Coleman, on Jan. 25, 2016. She and husband Charlie had driven to their son’s home on Redlawn Road in Boydton that morning, according to Nash.

Had this case gone to trial, Nash said the evidence would have supported the following facts:

There was approximately 7-8 inches of snow on the ground on Jan. 25. Arriving at their son’s home, the Colemans saw several sets of footsteps leading to and from the house.

Upon entering, Lenore Coleman saw the house was ransacked and her son’s German Shepherd lay dead, apparently from two gunshot wounds. She found her son lying on his bed with a single gunshot wound to his head.

She immediately called 911 to report the crime.

When Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, they found signs of forcible entry through a side door. They also discovered a shotgun shell, which they sent off for forensic analysis. Coleman’s body was sent to the medical examiner in Richmond for an autopsy.

Investigator Rusty Callahan, acting on a tip, searched the home of defendant Quashawn Lester and found a Remington rifle believed to have been used during the robbery. The gun was sent to a firearm’s expert for analysis. Callahan was prepared to testify that the Remington 1100 rifle was the one that fired the shell casing found at Coleman’s home.

Dr. William Gormley, the state’s chief medical examiner, was prepared to testify that a gunshot wound to the head was the cause of death for Terrance Coleman.

Hickman, along with co-defendants Quashawn Jamal Lester and Dakerie Jeanne Daniels, were identified as persons of interest and arrested on April 1, 2016. Three days later, Hickman agreed to speak with investigators about the case.

During his interview, Hickman admitted to being at the scene, saying he was the first person through the door. He also said he fired the first shot at the dog. Hickman described his job as searching the home for electronics, while Lester dealt with Coleman. Daniels and a minor female remained in the getaway vehicle.

In addition to electronics, a pit bull puppy was taken from the home. This puppy, according to Hickman, was later killed by Daniels and Lester.

Nash offered six exhibits in support of these facts, Hickman’s signed confession, pictures of both Coleman and his slain dog, the autopsy report, a statement by the firearms expert, and a photo of the guns used in commission of the robbery and murder.

Hickman’s attorney Del Mauhrine Brown offered no rebuttal or mitigating evidence. After hearing the facts, Osborn found Hickman guilty of one count of first degree murder in the commission of a robbery or burglary and one count of animal cruelty. The Commonwealth agreed to dismiss the additional charges pending against Hickman.

Osborn then instructed Hickman to cooperate with court officials responsible for preparing his pre-sentence investigation. The judge set sentencing for May 11 at 11 a.m.

In August 2017, after one day of trial, Quashawn Lester entered an Alford plea to one count of armed burglary, one count of burglary, two counts of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count of murder in the first degree and one count of animal cruelty. Despite the plea, his sentencing has been delayed since October 2017 by his attorney who is seeking a psychiatric evaluation of his client.

On Feb. 1, Osborn said that Lester’s sentence would be pronounced on Feb. 23, and there would be no further delay.

Dakerie Daniels goes on trial at Mecklenburg County Circuit Court for her alleged role in this crime on March 13.

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