Jury acquits Augusta man facing murder charges

A jury found an Augusta man accused of murder not guilty on all charges Wednesday.

Investigators named Curtis Carter as the triggerman in a March 2010 shooting at Cherry Tree Crossing Apartments that killed 40-year-old Scotty Mathis. Mathis declared Carter was the shooter just before his death at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, but no witnesses came forward to support that.

Carter’s attorney, William J. Sussman, also impeached Mathis’ testimony with evidence that Mathis had a blood alcohol level of 0.212 at the time of his death and traces of cocaine and marijuana in his system.

Testimony showed that Mathis and another man, George Harvey, were in the 1600 block of Luckey Street to buy drugs. No one claimed to see a shooter, but shoeprints near the area of the shooting seemed to match those belonging to Carter. Carter also made a statement to an investigator that he had “messed up” and was going to prison, but the remark was not caught on tape, Sussman said.

“The state had a tough job” in proving guilt, Sussman said.

Carter faced life in prison for the charges of malice murder, felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was acquitted on all charges after about two hours.

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