James McGriff was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday evening after the jury deliberated a little over two hours.
McGriff had been accused of second degree murder in the death of Otis Harley which occurred January 30, 2011.
During opening statements prosecuting attorney Stefan Grow stated that Harley and McGriff got into an argument over a dice game during a backyard party.
Harley was shot once in the upper abdomen during the fracas.
Defense attorney Mandy Garcia, in his opening remarks, stated that Harley had been the aggressor and that McGriff acted in self defense.
He added that Harley weighed 100 pounds more than McGriff and had a reputation for violence.
McGriff was found guilty on two other charges: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and concealment of a firearm.
Sentencing for McGriff will be held Wednesday at 9 A.M. in the Guy A. Race courtroom annex October 9.
PANTHERS POWER OVER PIRATES:
West Gadsden was the lone winner this past week as the Panthers defeated Sneads 31-21 to move to 4-1 on the season. Marquez Brown caught two TD passes from QB Qwuantrezz Knight, Antonio Murphy and Miquel Davis each had a rushing TD to propel West Gadsden to the victory. Kicker Israel Grande also added a 30-yard field goal. Knight had a Jameis Winston kinda’ night, completing 13 of 19 passes for 180 yards.
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The City of Quincy’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board met in a special meeting on Tuesday, September 24th to discuss details of the contract of its resigning director, Charles Hayes. Hayes gave the board members a letter of resignation on September 9th as a beginning point of his 30-day notice of termination of his contract. In it, he requested that the period be 45 days instead, to help give the board time to hunt for someone to succeed him. The board denied the 45 days and an additional request for payment of annual and sick leave.
Sometimes I wonder about Greenpeace. Is it a peaceful environmental organization or is it a bunch of environmental terrorists who think they have a right to bully companies that they feel are harming Mother Earth and all its creatures?
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Not since 1877, when the newly elected Governor George F. Drew determined that public education was an unnecessary expense and stopped funding the public schools, has Florida had a governor with less real interest in education. [Full Story »]
10 YEARS AGO
The Havana Kiwanis Club honored three Havana residents for their service as volunteers in many areas that benefitted the Havana community. Taking the prize for the club’s first annual Volunteer of the Year was Nell Cunningham. Her motto was, “Your community should be a better place because you once lived there.” Other honored volunteers were Vernell “Coach” Ross and Lillian Johnson. [Full Story »]