Kelley faces trial for murder

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A second person will face trial today for the 2007 murder of Brundidge’s Joey Spikner.

Eddie Mack Kelley will go before a jury today charged with Spikner’s murder nearly a year after Michael Streeter was convicted of the same charge and was sentenced to life without parole in January.

Spikner was killed May 27, 2007, outside of Brown’s Lounge in Brundidge.

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A Pike County Circuit Court jury found Michael Streeter guilty of the murder in December 2008 after he shot into a crowd and struck Spikner.

During trial, witnesses placed Spikner in the midst of the crowd gathered outside Brown’s lounge at the time of the incident, which occurred in the early morning hours of May 27.

Streeter was a passenger in the vehicle, when he stood up out of the car, aimed his gun over the top and shot into the crowd seven times.

Pike County Assistant District Attorney Larry Jarrell, who will prosecute Kelley, said the prosecution will use the same evidence it used in convicting Streeter.

Kelley was the driver of the blue Crown Victoria in which Streeter and another individual were passengers and was also seen firing a gun. Attorney Jim Debardelaben will represent Kelley.

Trial will begin at 9 a.m. in the Pike County Courthouse with Circuit Judge Jeff Kelley presiding.