3 men convicted for 2009 kidnapping and murder of West Hartford man


Three men have been found guilty of the kidnapping, robbery and murder of a West Hartford man back in 2009.

According to officials, on Wednesday, 41-year-old Harold Cook of Bloomfield, 42-year-old Gerund Mickens of Bloomfield and 36-year-old Terrell Hunter of Hartford, were each found guilty of one count of kidnapping resulting in death, one count of using a firearm during a kidnapping and causing a death, and one count of using a firearm during a Hobbs Act robbery and causing a death.

According to investigators, on Jan. 12th, 2009, officials responded to Colebrook Street regarding the discovery of a dead body in the back seat of a parked vehicle. Upon arrival, officials discovered Charles Teasley was found dead inside of his own vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds and with his hands zip-tied.

The investigation revealed that the Cook, Mickens, Hunter and Jesus Ashanti were involved in committing armed robberies of people they believed to be drug dealers. A few days prior to the incident, Cook was informed of an upcoming transaction with Teasley.

After the meeting, Teasley was kidnapped by the four and held at gunpoint. He was instructed to have his girlfriend lead the men to a safe which the group acquired. On the way back, Teasley was shot in the head by Cook and Hunter.

The group then fled the scene, leaving the body inside of the vehicle.

Cook, Mickens and Hunter have been detained since being arrested on April 4th, 2017.

On July 16th, 2018, Ashanti pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping resulting in death, one count of using a firearm during a kidnapping and causing a death, and one count of using a firearm during a robbery and causing a death. He is incarcerated in Massachusetts state custody after being involved in a series of bank robberies.

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