Augusta man acquitted of murder in 2010 shooting

Desmond Anthony (above) was acquitted of killing Samuel Carroll Jr.

Desmond Anthony was acquitted of murder Wednesday morning after jurors weighed conflicting testimony about the night 20-year-old Samuel Carroll Jr. was shot to death.

Anthony was indicted on charges of murder, criminal attempt to commit robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime after he turned himself in to investigators Nov. 29, 2010, the day after the homicide at Fairway Village Apartments on Richmond Hill Road.

The jury’s forewoman, Kathy Thorn­ton, said after the verdict that the jury couldn’t overcome the conflicting statements of the state’s key witness, Jamar Woodard. Woodard was one of four people present during the shooting, which testimony presented as a robbery staged as a drug deal.

“Basically we felt they didn’t prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Thornton said.

Anthony’s co-defendant, Pierre Horton, faces identical charges. His case has not been resolved.

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