Strickland asked the men who’d sent them. They said something about a woman with a last name that included “wood.”
Strickland told them to have this woman come back to the house with them.
It isn’t clear why, but Strickland then got distracted and didn’t realize one of the men had a gun pointed at his head, the detective said.
“Joe!” Davis called out.
The man fired two shots, but neither struck Strickland. They hit Davis, one bullet entering his left arm, the other his chest.
He died at the scene. The detective gave no indication that the 2016 shooting and the November shooting were linked.
In the homicide, police filed murder charges against Patrick Croskey of Ellenwood and Kryshlar Maxwell of Stone Mountain, both 26.
The men were found down the road after the shooting, their car wrecked.
Maxwell was trapped in the car. Croskey was bleeding profusely from a gunshot to the leg, though it isn’t clear who fired the shot. He told police he only fired into the house because someone inside shot first, the detective said.
In court Tuesday, Maxwell’s arm was still in a sling. He and Croskey sat stoically listening as the detective detailed the case against them.
They showed no reaction as Judge Curtis Miller said he found enough probable cause for the charges to continue.