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20-year-old convicted of murder

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A young Augusta man who shot his best friend to death was convicted of murder Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison plus five years.

The Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated about two hours before finding Michael O. Faulks, 20, guilty of murder and a weapons violation in the Jan. 4, 2009, slaying of 22-year-old Jamar White.

Assistant District Attorney Falin Rogers said Thursday there was no evidence the two friends were in any dispute before the shooting. That night, White knocked on Faulks' River Glen apartment door; Faulks opened the door and shot White.

The physical evidence revealed the gun barrel was pressed against White's body when the shot was fired, Rogers said.

Ballistics testing wasn't possible because the bullet was too damaged and no shell casing was recovered, Rogers said. But a 9 mm handgun found at Faulks' home is the suspected murder weapon, she said.

Faulks, who has been held in jail since his arrest Jan. 10, 2009, had no prior felony conviction.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/29/10 - 06:00 am
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Another bizarre shooting.

Another bizarre shooting. Life plus 5 is effectively life without a chance of parole. I don't understand the sentence. Is keeping Micheal penned up forever more humane than salvaging him for body parts?

Troubled1
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Troubled1 01/29/10 - 06:19 am
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with friends like

with friends like this........yall know the rest

ispy4u
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ispy4u 01/29/10 - 06:29 am
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You have a serious problem. I

You have a serious problem. I guess you think your picture is cute? Some thing never changes. TROUBLE, I agree with your post 100%.

settingtherecordstraight
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settingtherecordstraight 01/29/10 - 06:40 am
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Staff writer, his name is

Staff writer, his name is Jamar Wright and he will forever be missed in the hearts of everyone who had the honor of being around his beautiful spirit.

noway
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noway 01/29/10 - 09:19 am
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There's no evidence the two

There's no evidence the two weren't in a dispute before the shooting? I think the shooting itself proves they were in a dispute! No one just shoots their best friend for no reason....do they?

baseballmom3
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baseballmom3 01/29/10 - 09:57 am
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The sad thing is that it was

The sad thing is that it was probably over nothing of importance or that would have mattered the next day. When will our young people value life and realize that the trivial things just don't take value over a human life. Now unfortunately two young lives are wasted. One in the cemetary and one in Jail.

deekster
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deekster 01/29/10 - 10:26 am
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Is this Detroit? Uganda?

Is this Detroit? Uganda? No, it is Augusta GA. The home of the prestigious "Masters Golf Tournament". A city of "class and academia". Rock on!!! Let the good times roll !!!!

deekster
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deekster 01/29/10 - 10:30 am
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New federal education system.

New federal education system. 1) You murder someone you hate. A hate crime and the numero uno of bad things. 2) You murder someone for no reason. You pop a cap in him/her. Its just a misunderstanding. The human life has no value, just the intent of the heart is to be punished.

deekster
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deekster 01/29/10 - 10:30 am
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New federal education system.

New federal education system. 1) You murder someone you hate. A hate crime and the numero uno of bad things. 2) You murder someone for no reason. You pop a cap in him/her. Its just a misunderstanding. The human life has no value, just the intent of the heart is to be punished.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/29/10 - 08:40 pm
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It was probably over

It was probably over something stupid, like "disrespecting him" or "calling him out of his name" or "saying something bad about my mother". Somebody does that to you, shoot them. Isn't that horrific?

JAndy
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JAndy 01/30/10 - 07:35 am
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Glad I was not his friend

Glad I was not his friend

butterflygina
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butterflygina 01/31/10 - 04:43 am
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Had most posters did a quick

Had most posters did a quick search of the story background, you would have a little more info about the background of this story. From previous reports, a group had broken into Michael's home (they may have assaulted him, not sure) and he thought it was the same group returning. I did not know that the door had been opened and the gun pressed against the victim's chest. It's bizarred. But I can logically picture this. He must have snatched the door open, positioned the gun and shot him. It was dark. And we all wish he had made a different decision. I pray this young man's life can serve some purpose that he finds useful.

fftaz71
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fftaz71 01/31/10 - 07:45 am
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gina...the first rule of

gina...the first rule of being a responsible gun owner/user is to first Identify your target...meaning know who the heck you are pointing your weapon at. Shoot, I dont even own a gun and I know that... (no pun intended btw).

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/31/10 - 08:01 am
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I have sat through over 200

I have sat through over 200 murder trials over a 4 year period in the CSRA jusical system. It is really hard to make opinions on any killings untill you have seen and heard all the evidents from both sides. These articles do not print all the information necessary to make a judgement. I know.

felicia714
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felicia714 01/31/10 - 09:12 pm
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Just so that everyone on here

Just so that everyone on here know, Mycheal never intended to kill his best friend. He was trying to protect his family and home. You should do research before passing judgment about someone. Even before Jamar died he told Mike he knew it was a mistake and he forgave him. Now how would you feel if your best friend died in your arms and forgave you before he took his last breath? Mike deal with this everyday knowing that he killed his best friend by mistake. If you had been pistol whipped and shot at, you would be scared for your life also.

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Sargebaby_x 01/31/10 - 10:55 pm
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Why would "friends" need

Why would "friends" need guns, in each others presence? Pistol whipped and shot at? Is this how friends act? Sounds more like animals than friends to me, but that's just me!

justus4
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justus4 02/01/10 - 02:41 am
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This further PROVES a
Unpublished

This further PROVES a long-held theory: That minority citizens NEVER have accidents with weapons. Search the printing operations throughout the country and the theory stands. Great country, eh?

missapple113
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missapple113 02/02/10 - 09:13 pm
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I agree with the people that

I agree with the people that say if you dont know anything about the story keep your mouth shut and your judgement to yourselves. If you had known any of the story or situation or even had been there on this tragic night you would know that what happened was a mistake that happened due to misfire. There was not a disagreement and they were not fighting over anything and this just goes to show what happens when a family cannot afford a lawyer and the accused goes without a proper defense. Jamar aka Pretty Brown and Mike were like brothers and Mike thought it was the group of guys that had previously attacked him earlier that week returning. By the time he realized it was his best friend the gun had misfired. He apologized to him and like the other poster stated Jamar forgave him before he took his last breathe in his best friends arms. Yes having to open your door with a gun is not a good way of life and no Im sorry dosent bring Jamar back or excuse his death, but if your not from where these boys are from dont try to begin to understand their way of life. None of us expected a murder charge or life plus five years. Being a criminal justice major I can assure you this was a clear case of involuntary manslaughter and Mike should have been punished under that charge. We know your Sorry for what happened Mike the people that know you and what really happened still love you and Rest In Peace Pretty Brown your missed daily! for everyone else.... Judge ye Not!!!!!!!

bentman
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bentman 02/04/10 - 11:55 am
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Poor, mistreated . . . (you

Poor, mistreated . . . (you know the rest).

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