Lampkin Found Guilty of 2018 Murder, Pleads Guilty to Third Count
Freddie Lee Lampkin, Jr., was found guilty last month by a Coffee County Grand Jury for the 2018 murder of his on-and-off-again girlfriend’s nephew, 48-year-old Christopher Tyson, after what started out as a “standard” murder trial but took a turn by mid-afternoon. Freddie, who initially declined his opportunity to testify, ended up taking the stand following his conviction of the first two counts and elected to plea guilty of the third count. Although he admitted to the crime, Freddie continued to state that it wasn’t his fault, blaming it on his anger. By the end of the trial, Freddie had made multiple aggressive and confrontational comments directed towards family members in the courtroom, including, “I’ll kill all of y’all,” which lead to him being restrained by deputies just before his sentencing took place.
The trial started around 9:30 a.m. last Thursday, August 22, 2019, with Assistant District Attorney Ian Sansot’s opening statements reciting Freddie’s own words during an interview with law enforcement after the crime took place. “’I am guilty. I killed him. I used a 9mm. It was my gun. I shot him until there were no more bullets,’” Sansot quoted.
“On May 7, 2018, between noon and 1 p.m., the defendant shot and killed Christopher Tyson. Freddie Lee Lampkin, Jr., was in an on-and-off-again relationship with Margie Carson; at this point they were off. Christopher Tyson happened to be the husband of Margie Carson’s niece. Christopher came over to fix the dryer and the defendant walks in asking, ‘Who’s this?’ and began accusing Margie of being with Christopher. “No, that’s my nephew,’ she told him.
“The defendant would not let it go. He accused her of being with Christopher. Christopher ‘smirked’ and it all turns. Christopher walks out of the home, the defendant is ‘disrespected’ and shoots him dead. He then walks back and continues to fire the gun at him and then walks away. Margie Carson sees the defendant point the handgun at Christopher and is understandably upset. Neighbors saw him fire shots and walk away. The defendant was found at his brother’s home, he was arrested, and the gun was found in the room. A silver/chrome 9mm handgun. The defendant agrees to speak to law enforcement, and he told the interviewer, ‘I killed him.’
“During the interview, he tells GBI Agent Jason Nipper that they walked outside and that Christopher ‘kinda’ unzipped his bag and that he told Christopher, ‘Don’t do that. Put the bag down.’ He said Christopher laughed at him and called him a ‘joke’ and said he ‘wouldn’t do anything.’ He then shot him; this was not a split-second decision.”
Sansot ended his opening statements by quoting several comments Freddie made during the interview, including, “It is what is it,” “When you open your mouth, this is what happens,” “I know what kind of murder this is,” “I’m the f*cking man, you got the big man,” and “I’m going to make this easy for y’all. They need a gun and a conviction.Close the case man.”
Rudy Celis, Freddie’s public defender, followed Sansot’s opening remarks by stating that “ignition” caused Lampkin to make a “very bad mistake.” Celis followed, “Evidence will show that on May 7, 2018, Margie Carson called Freddie Lampkin, Jr., to check on his whereabouts to see if he was out of town. Angie (Carson’s neighbor and a woman Lampkin Jr. was secretly seeing behind Carson’s back) wanted to spend the weekend with Freddie. He is with Angie all weekend. Margie thinks she has privacy. While Freddie is at Angie’s, he hears an unfamiliar truck pull up in her yard. Freddie goes over and walks inside and Margie is obviously very surprised to see him. Christopher Tyson, who is carrying a tool bag over his shoulder, and Freddie get into a verbal arguement, in which Christopher tells Freddie, ‘She don’t want you anymore.’
“Freddie doesn’t pull out a gun; he tells him to leave. Christopher threatens Lampkin and Freddie tells him to put the tool bag down because he believes there is a weapon in the bag, yet Christopher refused. Tyson goes to reach into the bag, and Freddie makes a terrible split-second decision. It was lawful and justified. Assistant District Attorney Ian Sansot was correct. He [Freddie] did admit to it. You will see that. He shoots until there is no longer a threat; that is the brutal situation. The state is going to have you believe this is a simple ‘good guy, bad guy’ situation. That is not the case. It is never that simple. In this case, secrets lead to tragedy, and tragedy cannot be undone, but justice can be done. Self-defense is lawful and if you go by the law, you’ll render a verdict of not guilty.”
Freddie’s ex-girlfriend and Christopher Tyson’s aunt, Margie Carson, was the first out of five individuals to testify on the state’s behalf. Margie told her version of what took place on the day of Christopher’s tragic death. She stated, “He [Lampkin] left my house on the Saturday prior to the incident. Christopher was there to fix my dryer. I was sitting on the sofa and Chris was standing in the kitchen when Freddie walked in and asked who Chris was, and I told him that he was my nephew.”
“What did Christopher say?” Sansot asked.
“He didn’t say anything other than telling me he would see me later. Christopher walked out and then Freddie walked behind him and accused him of being sexual with me.”
Sansot then asked Margie if she heard any of the conversation that took place between Christopher and Freddie on her porch, and she stated, “No,” but said she saw Freddie shoot Christopher and saw Christopher put his palm out before he was shot.
“What happened next?” Sansot asked.
“I called 911 and then Freddie started shooting again and then he ran across the road,” Margie replied.
“You were fairly emotional after seeing this, I’m sure?” Sansot asked, to which Margie replied, “Yes.”
Celis then cross-examined Margie and started off by asking, “This was your nephew by marriage, correct?”
Margie replied, “yes.”
“You and Christopher Tyson were the same age though, correct?” Celis asked.
“I don’t know. I don’t know when he was born,” Margie replied.
“So, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, you and Freddie were having a fight about cheating correct?” Celis asked.
“He left. He packed up his things and left,” Margie responded.
“I am asking you, were y’all fighting about him possibly cheating or him being romantically involved with someone else?” questioned Celis.
Margie then told Celis that she did not remember a conversation about either of them cheating and that she “couldn’t remember” if she “pulled on Freddie’s arm and asked him not to leave.”
“Did you call him that morning at 10 a.m. asking him where he was?” Celis asked.
“I don’t know where he was,” Margie stated.
Margie stated that she was “surprised” when Freddie walked into her home and that she did not see a gun when he first arrived.
Celis then asked Margie if her clothes were “hanging by the waistband” and she replied, “I lost some weight so they were a little loose.”
“Was Christopher snickering?” Celis asked.
“No, Christopher didn’t say anything,” she answered.
Margie repeated that she never heard what was said between Christopher and Freddie and that she never heard Christopher tell Freddie that she “didn’t want him anymore.”
“I saw Freddie shoot Christopher,” Margie told Celis.
“Your testimony is that you witnessed Freddie shoot Christopher?” Celis asked.
“Yes. I saw Christopher put his hand up and I ran out,” Magie replied.
Celis responded, “When you met with Agent Nipper, you told him, ‘I don’t know what happened out the door because I was not out there.”
Celis then played the interview between Agent Nipper and Margie from the day of the murder. During the interview, Margie, who was very emotional, told Agent Nipper, “I tried to tell him that he was my nephew. I don’t know how he got there.”
Margie also stated, “I don’t know what happened outside of the door. I was inside” and that she “knew that gun [the firearm used to kill Christopher Tyson].”
After the interview was played, Celis asked Margie if she was concerned after the shooting about how her family would feel, and she replied, “yes.”
“You were worried that they would hate you if they found out Christopher was over there, weren’t you?” Celis asked.
“No,” Margie replied.
Celis then questioned Margie about a phone call that allegedly took place approximately 30 minutes after the shooting, but Margie claimed that she never called Freddie after he committed the crime.
Margie, who worked as a correctional officer at the time, explained that she “knew that gun” because she had “seen it around” when Freddie was at her house.
Margie also told Celis that she was shown how to use a firearm during training for her job, and when asked if she gave Freddie the weapon that killed Christopher, she quickly responded, “No.”
After Celis’ line of questioning was complete, Sansot asked Margie if she carried a firearm as a correctional officer. Margie replied, “No.”
The second witness to testify, Margie’s neighbor Gwen Brockington, was at her home during the time of the shooting and witnessed Freddie shoot Christopher. Gwen told Sansot that she was lying in her bed when she first heard gunshots but got up and “peaked out the window” to see what was going on.
“I got up a few minutes after the first few gunshots and then heard more, so I looked out the window. I saw Freddie shoot him [Christopher] at least three more times,” Gwen stated.
“Was it a clear view?” Sansot asked.
Gwen replied, “Yes.”
Celis then questioned Gwen and asked if she was in her bed when she initially heard the shots. Gwen replied, “Yes. I heard several while I was lying down but didn’t see them. The man who was shot was already down on the ground, so I didn’t see what happened before that.”
Gwen was then excused and the third witness, GBI Regional Medical Examiner Dr. Maryanne Gaffney-Kraft with the Central Regional Crime Lab, was called to the stand. Dr. Kraft has performed over 4,500 autopsies, including the autopsy of Christopher Tyson.
Dr. Kraft told Sansot that there were 11 total gunshot wounds on Tyson’s body, with nine of those being on his back, one on his left hip, and one on his right chest.
A part of Dr. Kraft’s job as a medical examiner is also to determine the cause of death, whether that be homicide (death at the hands of another), suicide, or undetermined.
“Based on your autopsy, were you able to determine the cause of death?” Sansot asked.
“Christopher Tyson died of multiple gunshot wounds,” Dr. Kraft responded.
“Were you able to determine the manner of which he died?” Sansot then asked.
Dr. Kraft replied, “Homicide.”
Celis then questioned Dr. Kraft on the exact spots the bullets entered through the body, which Dr. Kraft demonstrated to the jury.
GBI Agent Kendra Fitzgerald, who collected evidence and took photos of the crime scene, was called to the stand following Dr. Kraft’s testimony. Sansot then showed multiple pictures of the crime scene to the jury, including photos of Margie’s residence, the victim’s body lying on the ground under a white sheet, Christopher’s tool bag, and a close-up picture of the tools in the bag.
Celis asked Agent Fitzgerald if she took an inventory of the tools in the bag, to which Agent Fitzgerald replied, “No.” Agent Fitzgerald also stated that there was “no particular reason” for not taking an inventory, which was later brought up by Celis in his closing arguments.
Former Coffee County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Levi Harrell testified next. Sansot asked Harrell to explain what happened during his time at the crime scene.
Harrell stated that he was present when Freddie was arrested at a mobile home that his brother lived in across the road from Margie’s residence. Harrell said that he attained a search warrant for the home and took photos inside the residence.
Harrell also discovered the firearm that was used to kill Christopher in an office chair under a pile of pillows and towels while executing his search in the bedroom in which Freddie was located.
“During your search, did you also locate a handwritten note lying in the sink?” Sansot asked.
“I did,” Harrell replied.
“What did the note say?” Sansot questioned.
“The note said, ‘Your stuff is lying under the sink. I am sorry. I lost it. I will always love and miss you bro.’ The note was addressed to his brother,” Harrell answered.
Harrell also stated there were two additional firearms located underneath the mattress of the bed in the bedroom in which Freddie was located, but those guns were later determined to belong to Freddie’s brother.
Celis then questioned Harrell about the two firearms that were located and asked if he knew the brand of the guns. Harrell claimed he did not recollect the brand of the firearms and would not be able to identify them without seeing a picture of the weapons.
Harrell also stated that Freddie’s brother claimed the guns and believed that the guns were returned to the rightful owner. Harrell was also asked if Freddie resisted arrest, to which Harrell replied, “No.”
The last individual to testify was the GBI Agent Jason Nipper, who first spoke with Freddie after the crime took place.
“You fully advised Freddie Lampkin, Jr., of his Miranda rights, correct?” Sansot asked.
“I did,” Agent Nipper replied.
Nipper also told Sansot that Freddie “gave no indication” that he was under the influence at the time of the interview and that he never stated he wanted an attorney or said he was unwilling to speak to him.
Sansot then asked Nipper, “What did he tell you during the interview?”
Nipper replied, “He told me that he had been involved in a romantic relationship with Margie Carson, and they had broken up. He said prior to the incident, Margie ‘disrespected’ him by cussing at him, and it didn’t sit well with him. He said it got him ‘amped up,’ and he felt someone was with her. He said upon arrival, he walked in and saw Margie and Chris and they began discussing who Chris was. He said that Chris stated that he ‘didn’t have time for this’ and that he turned to Chris and told him, ‘That’s where you messed up, interjecting into our conversation.’ Freddie said Chris smirked at him and called him a ‘joke’ and that Chris ‘kinda’ went to unzip the bag and that he told him if he put the bag down, they would fight.
“He said Chris told him he ‘wasn’t going to do anything,’ so he shot him. He said he emptied the clip and then stood over him [after he was initially shot and fell to the ground] and killed him. He said it was his gun, and he didn’t know what Chris had in the bag. He then told me he walked over to his brother’s house and busted in the air conditioner unit to get in the house. He told me the gun was inside his brother’s home.
“I asked him for a written statement, but he didn’t want to write it. He wanted me to write it and then him sign it. I asked him what he wanted the statement to say, and he replied, ‘I am guilty. I killed him.’ I showed him the statement when I completed writing it and asked if he wanted to make any changes or add anything else to it, and he said, ‘No.’”
“Did he say anything else to you?” Sansot asked.
“His last statement was, ‘I know what kind of murder this is,’” Nipped replied.
Sansot then played the majority of the interview that took place between Agent Nipper and Freddie, which all attested to Agent Nipper’s testimony.
Freddie also told Agent Nipper during the interview that he “shot him in the front of his body, then he fell” and said Christopher was “aggressive” during their interaction.
The video showed Freddie stating the gun was “fully loaded” and he couldn’t tell Agent Nipper who gave him the weapon. Freddie was a convicted felon at the time of the shooting and was not allowed to own firearms as a condition of his prior conviction.
Multiple statements were also given to Agent Nipper by Freddie admitting to the crime and taking sole responsibility for the shooting, including, “He tried me not knowing who the f*ck I am,” “I don’t play; I do what I have to do,” “I did this sh*t,” “I am an original,” “I did it,” and lastly, “That’s what I will tell the judge; it is what it is.”
Freddie was also skeptical about giving his phone passcode to Agent Nipper, stating that he didn’t want to bring anyone else into the situation because he was the only person responsible. Freddie did, however, eventually give the passcode to Agent Nipper, and after a few minutes of contemplating and going back and forth with Agent Nipper about “not getting one else in trouble,” he told Agent Nipper where the murder weapon was located.
Next, Celis cross-examined Agent Nipper and asked, “Some tools could cause danger, would you agree?”
Agent Nipper replied, “Yes.”
Celis also asked Agent Nipper if it would surprise him if Margie was the person who gave the murder weapon to Freddie, and Agent Nipper stated, “Yes. I believe she would have told me that during our interview.”
Freddie was then given the option as to whether he wanted to take the stand and testify, to which he declined.
Closing arguments for the case began that afternoon next with Celis speaking first. Celis stated, “It was not his intent to kill him. Consider that carefully. A component of justification to constitute murder as a homicide is that it must have been committed with malice. This is a justification case.”
He continued, “Mr. Lampkin’s actions, as unfortunate as it all is, were justified because he reasonably believed in the situation in that moment that he needed to defend himself. This is a lack of evidence case. We do have some evidence on some occasions, like the bag being partially unzipped and stuffed with tools.”
“There was no inventory of what was in that bag. The state has the burden. They could have brought us that bag. You heard there is a form where you inventory these types of things. That form wasn’t used. We could have evidence of what was in the bag. We could have had evidence on what happened and who was around during the 10-15 minutes before law enforcement showed up.
“The biggest lack of evidence is that we have a lot of shots, but we needed to know what happened before those first two shots. We don’t know the order of the shots. We just needed more information. We needed Margie Carson for that, but we got a contradiction. She is inside and can’t see what happened, but then she does see the shots? She isn’t reliable.”
“Nipper was very direct that she did not make a call to Freddie following the shooting, but that was a lie. She did call him. She isn’t a credible person about the murder weapon. The guns that were mentioned under the mattress that belonged to Freddie’s brother were just a distraction. It has nothing to do with the situation.”
Celis closed his final arguments with, “These are the toughest cases for juries unfortunately. The truth can be an allusive creature. There is simply not enough evidence of what happened at those steps before those two shots occurred. If you follow the law, there is a lack of evidence in this case, and you have to acquit my client in the matter of the law.”
Assistant District Attorney Ian Sansot followed by quoting a few of the many confessions of the crime Freddie made during his interview and talked about the “overwhelming” amount of evidence the case had. “He says lack of evidence, but I see an overwhelming amount of evidence in this case. I guess if he doesn’t want to count the weapon used, the autopsy, the confession, and the eyewitnesses as evidence, then yeah, I guess there is a lack of evidence.
“The evidence is overwhelming. You saw what was in the bag. There were pictures of those items shown to you. The shooting was not a split-second decision on the defendant’s part. He decided to kill him because he felt disrespected. The evidence comes from those who come up on this stand and have testified and the exhibits that we bring in as evidence. The evidence is very clear in this case.
“Just because an attorney says that it is self-defense doesn’t mean it is true. Where is the evidence of self-defense? There is none. He was very clear. He stated himself that the victim walked away and he followed him out. He said the victim smirked at him and called him a joke. He said he felt disrespected and shot him. Then he shot him more. That is not self-defense.
“Dr. Kraft told you how many gunshots the victim had – nine from the back. Margie Carson saw him put up his hand, which makes sense because when he was shot he hit the ground.”
Sansot continued, “Christopher Tyson was there to simply fix a dryer, and he made a mistake of ‘smirking’ at Freddie Lampkin. The defendant says he saw Christopher Tyson go to zip or unzip his bag. Maybe he was doing that because he was leaving.
“He said he knew what kind of murder this was. He said that in his own words. He told us what happened. The burden is on the state, absolutely. Normally, I would sit up here and read you legal definitions and go on and on, but there is no doubt in this case that this was malice murder. I ask you to find the defendant guilty.”
After closing arguments, Judge Andy Spivey released the jury for deliberation at around 4:54 p.m.
Less than an hour later at 5:35 p.m., a handwritten note from the jury was delivered to Judge Spivey stating that 11 of the 12 jurors found the defendant guilty, with only one believing the act was self-defense.
The note stated that the juror who believed in a not guilty verdict stated that they were “firm and not changing their decision.”
After speaking with Assistant District Attorney Sansot and Lampkin’s attorney Celis, a decision was made to send a note back to the jury telling them to continue deliberating.
At this time, Freddie began making comments that “they” were trying to “railroad him” and that it was “bulls**t.” Freddie also requested to see the note before it was returned to the jury, which he was allowed to do.
While the jury continued to deliberate, Freddie’s frustrations grew as he continued to make similar statements to those around him about being “railroaded” and had to be calmed down.
Approximately 45 minutes later (and approximately a total of an hour-and-a-half of deliberating), the jury had a verdict. It was then announced that the jury found Freddie Lee Lampkin, Jr., guilty of Malice Murder and of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.
At this time, sentencing would normally begin; however, Judge Spivey announced that Freddie was actually indicted on a third count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon during the Commission of a Crime. The jury was not allowed to have knowledge of the third count and Freddie’s prior conviction during the trial, meaning there would have to be a second “mini trial” in order to sentence Freddie on the additional count.
The third count, and his prior felony conviction, comes from four counts of aggravated assault for shooting four people in Telfair County in 2002.
Before the “mini trial” began, Freddie raised his hands multiple times trying to catch the judge’s attention. Once Judge Spivey let him speak, Freddie surprisingly said, “I want to testify. I want to plead guilty to the third count, and I want to testify. I want to tell the truth about everything.”
At 7 p.m. the jury was excused and 15 minutes later Freddie took the stand, which was the start of what some stated was the “craziest” thing to ever happen in the courtroom.
Freddie stated, “I have been in and out of prison all of my life. I have never let that situation change my character. When I was arrested on the aggravated assault charges, I sacrificed my life for my brother (who was sitting in the courtroom). I jumped them for my brother and did 10 years. I didn’t just shoot no one for fun. I don’t hate the District Attorney, and I don’t hate the judge. It’s just business. I am going to walk out of here with my head held high.
“I tried to avoid the situation. Y’all, I was super mad when that man reached for his bag. I caught them [Christopher and Margie] together! I was the better man and I told him to leave. Margie is a snake. She bought me that gun that I killed him with. They just used the excuse about the dryer so they could be together that day. This sh*t is deeper than y’all know. She never expected me to be at Angie’s that day. I didn’t go there to kill him. I have been trained to be this way.”
At this point, Freddie’s voice raised, “I am a mother f*cking weapon! He made me paranoid! I am going to leave today as a man. My body may be in there [prison] but my soul is good. I can’t help it when I get angry; it’s all I know. I am f*cking dangerous. When I got out last time, I asked for help and was denied. All y’all see are my tattoos and my bad image, but I am a good person who had a bad hand dealt to me.
“I’m not asking y’all to be my friend. The truth will set me free. I did what I did, but I didn’t mean to. I can’t control my anger, and that is the truth. You can’t help the cards you’re a dealt. I am at peace now! Margie ain’t no angel; she never thought I would walk in.”
Freddie continued, “I saw him that day get out of the truck with a bag. I put my shoes on, put my gun in my pocket, and went running across the road to her house. They panicked when they saw me. Their clothes were hanging off, and Chris went to snickering and laughing. I told him to leave and he triggered me. It’s not my fault. He reached for the bag and I lost it.
“Y’all want to know why the bag was kind of open? It is because I opened it to see if there was a gun in there. I was mad [because there was not a gun inside the tool bag] and walked away because I was mad because I thought there was a gun in the bag and there wasn’t. I walked around the truck before I went back and shot him more because I was so mad.”
Freddie then began shouting on the stand and speaking about himself in third person claiming, “Why did you make me shoot you? Why did you do f***ing make me do that? Why? Why?! You so f**king stupid!”
He continued, “Margie came to my brother’s later on and said she was going to still be with me and help me get an attorney, didn’t she?”
Freddie’s brother, who was sitting on the third row of the courtroom, stood up and stated, “She sure did.”
Freddie ended his statement with, “Thank y’all. I don’t know how much time I have left to speak, but I’m good. I have never hurt anyone that was innocent. I get stereotyped and that’s why I am here. You know what though, I’ll be free in my mind and in my heart.”
Before sentencing took place, several of Christopher’s family members had the opportunity to speak to the judge and even addressed Freddie during the statements, to which Freddie reacted to causing chaos during sentencing that some said they had “never seen happen before” during a sentencing.
Christopher’s mother, Bernita Buchanan, started off by asking why Freddie took the life of her son, pleading for an answer. “Do you know why he was carrying a tool bag? Why he was there? He fixed everything for everyone in our family. He didn’t tote a gun. What possessed you to kill my son? Why couldn’t you have just let him come home? Why you want someone to kill your son? God will separate the right from the wrong. If you didn’t want to hurt him, you never would have taken the gun with you over to the house. I am going to pray for you, and I hope you find God before you leave this world. I also hope that when you close your eyes, you see my child’s face.”
Freddie remained silent during Mrs. Buchanan’s statements, but that quickly changed when the next two family members took the stand.
Candice Tyson, Christopher’s wife of 22 years, took the stand next and attested to Christopher’s character.
“I know my husband. He could complete my sentences and I could complete his. He was a good man. He coached little league, went to the school, he fixed everything for everyone in our family. He was just a good man. He had just completed his training to become a Georgia State Patrol trooper; he had only been home a few weeks. I don’t know what you’ve been told about my husband, but he was a good man.
“I also don’t know who told you that we didn’t know he was over at my aunt’s house, but we knew. I knew. The Sunday before he went over there, my aunt called me to ask me about the dryer. That Monday she bought the part and he came and told me that he was going to fix it.
“I am just so thankful for those two weeks I was with him before he was killed. When did he have time to mess around with my aunt? He was always with me. He didn’t have time. He was the kind of man that you couldn’t be. You say it wasn’t in your control, but it was. You made that decision. You say you can’t control your actions, so you should be locked up for the rest of your life so you can’t do this to someone else. You should’ve still been locked up from your last charge and maybe that would’ve save my husband’s life.”
At this point, Freddie interjected and stated that he was “trying to be the better person” and shook his head multiple times making several comments disagreeing with Candice’s statement. The interjection became so severe, that Assistant District Attorney Sansot asked if Freddie could be removed for the remainder of the victim’s comments, but Freddie was not removed at the time.
Candice continued, “You said, ‘Leave,’ and he was trying to leave to get back to his family. I got up here to tell you that you are a coward. My husband was a good man and worked every day. He was everything you couldn’t be.”
Freddie began to stand up and shouted, “I don’t want to be here anymore. Let’s go man. I’m sick of this.”
As Freddie’s attorneys were attempting to calm him down, Christopher’s brother, Timothy Tyson, walked to the stand. During the first few moments of Timothy’s statement, Freddie’s head was turned to the left, refusing to look at Timothy.
“When you put God in a situation, with anything in life, you can control it. Everyone has both God and the devil inside of them. I could have easily gone and killed your entire family when you killed my brother. That is the truth. He would have given the shirt off of his back to anyone, and that is the type of man that you killed.” Timothy stated.
Timothy repeated his previous statement, “I don’t say this to get you angry, but if I could take your whole family and have my brother back, I would.”
The statement did however cause Freddie to get extremely angry, which caused a “back and forth” between the two. Freddie began shouting at Timothy, “I have lived this sh*t. You do not know me. This is all I know.”
Timothy, who remained calm, stated, “That is why you are sitting where you are. You are not willing to listen and change.”
Freddie stated, “Nah, y’all got Christopher on a pedestal acting like he is perfect when he put gasoline on the fire that night.”
Timothy responded, “Is this what you want for your life? You want to go to prison?”
Freddie, who continued shouting, stated, “I am going to prison. I am not going to bother anyone anymore. The situation got out of hand. Margie is the one who got me the gun! You are not going to sit here and threaten my family, man. It isn’t going to happen. You don’t know me. Y’all don’t know who I am!”
At this point, another member of the victim’s family who was sitting in the courtroom stood up and shouted at Freddie, “You ain’t nothing but an inmate,” which led Freddie to stand up and begin screaming multiple aggressive comments and threats, including “I’m a mother f**king weapon” and “I’ll kill all of y’all,” acting as if he was going to attempt to walk towards the individual who made the comment.
Deputies in the courtroom quickly detained the family member and restrained Freddie, ultimately having to remove him from the courtroom.
A few minutes later, once the family member was removed and tensions had slightly lowered, Freddie was escorted back into the courtroom to receive his sentencing from Judge Andy Spivey.
Judge Spivey sentenced Freddie Lee Lampkin, Jr., to life without the possibility of parole, followed by a consecutive 15 years of prison for the firearm charge, which is the maximum allowed under the law.