ATLANTA — A Morehouse College student was alive when his attackers stuffed him into the the trunk of his car, according to testimony from a Clayton County police officer Thursday morning.

“They could hear the victim yelling from inside the trunk,” Detective Stefan Schindler said at a probable cause hearing.

Police have charged Breylon Wendell Garland, 20, Miles Jonathan Allen, 21, Keith Jerome Roberts Jr., 22, and Theodore Paul Holliman, 30, with the murder of Carnell James Walker Jr.

According to testimony, the four men broke into the Riverdale home of Walker, 23, on June 20 and waited overnight for him to return. The men tied Walker up with a computer cable, and over six hours, beat him with fists and a hammer, stabbed him with a pocketknife and stomped and disfigured him before locking him in the car trunk.

Walker’s body was found July 8.

Police believe the killing was motivated by a $3,000 insurance settlement that Walker was expected to receive. Walker had not received the money yet, and the robbers only took $20, police said.

According to court papers, one of the suspects planned the attack because Walker “disrespected” him.

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