Suspect Admits To Killing Homeless Man; Will Testify Against Others

One of three men accused of killing a homeless man in Jacksonville has pleaded guilty, in return for his testimony against the two others.

Jay Oldaker pled guilty to second degree murder before a superior court judge. Oldaker was originally facing first degree murder and now could be sentenced up to 24-1/2 years in prison.

Oldaker, along with 21-year-old Jason Blackmon and 22-year-old Dustin Newcome are accused of killing Mike Kozak last summer.

Court documents say the trio beat Kozak over the head with a pipe, a tree limb, and then used a broken beer bottle to gut him.

Prosecutors offered a plea deal in return for Oldaker's testimony against the other two men and, according to his statements, he had less to do with the murder.

Oldaker remains in jail and the judge ruled, for his protection, that he be kept in a different jail than Blackmon and Newcombe.

Sentencing for Oldaker will be held after he testifies in the other cases.

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Jacksonville, NC - Statement from one of three men indicted last week in the murder of a homeless man in Jacksonville over the summer say they did it because they heard the man kissed a young girl.

Newly released statements from the three arrested, 21-year-old Jason Blackmon, 27-year-old Jay Oldaker and 22-year-old Dustin Newcome say they killed 41-year-old Mike Kozak in June of 2008 to teach him a lesson.

The statements are attached to the top of this report. Click on them to read them.

Documents state the trio beat Kozak over the head with a pipe, a tree limb, and then used a broken beer bottle to gut him.

Blackmon's statement reports "Jay picked up a pipe and started beating Mike in the head with it. As he was doing that, the pipe broke and I picked up the broken piece and started beating him in the head also. Dusty started jumping up and down on his midsection and Jay was still kicking him in the head."

Blackmon's statement also says he cut the victim's stomach open and then "reached inside and pulled his guts out. After that was done we all sat down and drank a beer while we laughed and talked about it."

Oldaker's statement says the three men went to the camp and "Dusty put him in a head lock and then Dusty threw him to the ground and JROC stomped him and then Dusty stomped him then I kicked him two or three times in the face then i notice he was not moving I sead that is enoff and then dust stomped on his chest and brock a 40 botel and told JROC to cut his stomick open." Oldaker's statement says he then left the scene.

Police say Newcome adamantly denies being at the camp and participating in the beating of Mike Kozak, saying "he and Mike were friends and he would never do that."

Police say even when confronted by Blackmon and Oldaker's statements, Newcome denied any involvement.

The three men were arrested in July. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for February 23, where prosecutors will announce if they plan to seek the death penalty.

Details of the case from July 2, 2008:

The body of 41-year-old Michael Kozak was found in June 2008 behind the Piney Green Shopping Center. The medical examiner said Kozak died from "multiple blunt and sharp force trauma injuries to the head and torso.”

A little over a week later, police, acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, arrested 21-year-old Jason Blackmon, 27-year-old Jay Oldaker and 22-year-old Dustin Newcome, all of Midway Park.

The three are being held without bond.

First story on, June 2008:

A medical examiner says a homeless man found dead behind a Jacksonville shopping center last week was the victim of a homicide.

Police found Michael Kozak's body behind the Piney Green Shopping Center, near a homeless camp.

The medical examiner told WITN News that the 41-year-old Kozak died from "multiple blunt and sharp force trauma injuries to the head and torso.

Jacksonville police have made no arrests in this case.

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  • by tammy Location: arkansas on Apr 13, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    to the family of mike, contact neice tammy if there is anything i can do to help. This is horrible; I am so very very sorry.
  • by Whoa Location: Greenville on Mar 4, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    V-bush and CM: I was addressing both of you. What they did was definitely wrong, but being tortured by the al'Quieda is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Besides, for all of you call for death, wouldn't that be an easy way out comparing to everything they will have to put up in prison? They will be the little people in a high security prison and you know what that means. Plus, if any of them have any remorse, they will have plenty of time to suffer through the guilt of that. Not to mention that if they do get out, they will be rejected by society for the rest of their lives. That sounds worse than a quick and painless death or even a slow and horrible one.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Feb 25, 2009 at 03:12 AM
    Well,yes, these guys are somebodys family. Sure. Isn't everybody? However, I don't really see the point in requesting people to censor their thoughts &/or consider the fact that they are somebodys family when commenting on a completely savage act as this one. Same as if it were not somebody that you "know" (anonymous). You too would be typing away about how horrible & utterly disgusting of an act that this was & how they need to pay! The man they killed was somebodys family too. That being said, these guys will get off way too easy for such a horrific crime. Sad to say, but probably the reality of it.
  • by CM on Feb 24, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    To Whoa: I assume that you are referring to my comment as being extreme. It is, but what do you consider 3 men being 1 man in the head with a pipe, stomping his head and chest with their feet and cutting his stomach open with a beer bottle, pulling his guts out and then laughing about it? Don't you think that is just a little bit extreme? We live by 2 laws: 1) God's law and 2) man's law. The God that I know is loving and forgiving and He will forgive, even for these horrendous crimes; however, these men still need to be held accountable and pay according to man's law. We are supposed to be living in civilized society, not like a bunch of barbarians. I don't think these men can, ever have or ever will contribute to society. What do we, as a ciilized society, do with such individuals? That is the question that the US has been struggling with for years.
  • by Scooter on Feb 24, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    I can't believe "anonymous" has any doubt what happened. They already have signed confessions. This should be a no brainer in court.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 24, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    Whoa; Were you addressing me or CM? :)
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Feb 24, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    No surpise here about the "plea bargain"! It's usually the one who has done the worst of the three that gets out of it by putting the blame on the others. Watch it, now the 2nd one who did more in this horrendous murder will come up next week and join this first cat in his testimony against the 3rd one and he'll get the shaft. the first two, who problably played the biggest part will get lesser sentences and the 3rd one will get the death penalty. I saw this played out in a case in Washington years ago. the guy they gave the death penalty to swears he was the car driver, not the killer, the woman who gave the description of the one standing over her described the one who took a plea bargain and joined her son in railroading the 3rd guy. Such is our justice system.
  • by Brett Beddard Location: Washington on Feb 23, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    I say Death Sentence. What kind of society is this? They shouldn't, however if they are ever released from prison... I hope they all become homeless
  • by Whoa Location: Greenville on Feb 23, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    That sounds a little extreme, even for you
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 23, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    CM; Excellent Idea! I like it a lot.

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