An Augusta man convicted of murder in 2001 after two prior trials ended with hung juries was fairly tried and convicted at his third trial, the Georgia Supreme Court has determined.
In an opinion released Monday, the state’s highest court affirmed Michael Kidd’s conviction and sentence of life in prison plus five years for the Sept. 17, 1999, shooting death of 23-year-old Ronald Davenport.
Kidd, now 38, claimed he shot Davenport in self defense. At trial, witnesses testified Davenport was unarmed when Kidd confronted him in the parking lot of the American Legion on Highland Avenue and the two men struggled over a handgun. The fatal gunshot was to Davenport’s back.