James McGriff (Center) is shown with his defense team
By Byron Spires,
The James McGriff murder trial started Wednesday morning.
McGriff is accused of second degree murder in the death of Otis Harley that occurred January 30, 2011.
He also faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and concealment of a firearm.
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 allegedly pushed McGriff, prosecutors said, and another man tried to break up the fight, but could not.
As the man walked away, Grow said, he heard a gunshot and turned to see Harley on the ground. Grow said McGriff then left the scene
Harley was shot once in the upper abdomen.
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.
Garcia stated that the only prosecution witness who claimed to have seen McGriff with a gun on that day changed his story the day before his trial in another case in hopes of avoiding a lengthy prison sentence.
Three days have been set aside for the trial.
More will be posted as it develops.
Former Midway police chief Terron Linsey was found guilty last week for official misconduct and petit theft.
Lindsey was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 36 months probation for the misconduct charge.
For the petit theft charge he received 90 days in jail and six months probation.
The two sentences will run concurrently.
He must pay court costs and report to the county jail on October 15, by 5 P.M.
The convictions stem from Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s charges that Lindsey falsified official documents pertaining to his employment as police chief and used one of the city's credit cards to purchase a personal item.
A pedestrian died early Wednesday morning when he was struck by a vehicle south of Chattahoochee on CR 269, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Ralph E. Brown, 67, of Chattahoochee, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
According to the report, Brown was walking northbound in the southbound lane of the roadway around 6:50 p.m. Decca L. Howard Mosley, 41, of Bristol was also traveling northbound in a Chevy Trailblazer. When Mosley traveled into the southbound lane to overtake another vehicle, Mosley’s vehicle struck Brown.
Mosley was not injured.
Charges are pending.
FHP was assisted at the scene by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services.
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