Laundromat murder trial date 2

Teddy Joe Cook

A judge set a trial date for three teenagers who will be tried as adults in last year’s robbery and murder of laundromat attendant Teddy Cook, 71. 

Montgomery County circuit court Judge Jill Ayers on Monday set the trial date for Nov. 16. 

Police charged Jevon Brodie, 14, Tavares Lee Harbison, 13, and Harrison Elijah Smith, 14, each with first-degree murder. The suspects were their respective ages at the time of their arrest last year. 

According to the affidavit in the case, three teens entered the Super Suds Laundry business at 714 Peachers Mill Road in Clarksville on May 30, 2018 armed with a gun. 

Cook, who was still alive when police arrived, told officers how the three teens beat and kicked him while he was on the floor.

The affidavit described video surveillance footage that showed two of the teens enter the business and distract Cook while a third teenager entered the building with what appeared to be a rifle. 

The footage showed Cook as he was hit with the butt of the weapon and kicked in the head multiple times while he was on the floor.

Two of the suspects reportedly tipped over a coin-operated game machine to retrieve cash while a third suspect pointed the weapon at Cook. 

They reportedly stole the keys from Cook’s pocket and left the business with his truck. 

Cook died June 9, 2018, 10 days after the attack.

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