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Drug seller acquitted of murder in beating death

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 6:28 PM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 10:27 AM
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A jury on Thursday acquitted an Augusta man of murder.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury found Reco Hurley, 33, not guilty in the death of George Burnett, 50.

The jury was left with a murky picture of what happened between Hurley and Burnett on Jan. 2, 2011. There were no eyewitnesses nor any physical evidence to link Hurley to Burnett’s fatal head injury. Only Hurley’s statement to a sheriff’s investigator implicated him, and Hurley testified this week that Burnett’s injury was unintentional.

Burnett was found bleeding and unconscious that night outside a Cleveland Street boarding house. He remained in a vegetative state until he died Dec. 14.

Hurley admitted to the jury that he sold drugs. He said Burnett fell and hit his head after they fought over cocaine.

After the verdict was announced Thursday, Judge J. David Roper said that in the 18 months he has been presiding over criminal cases, he hasn’t had a single trial or sentencing of any significant drug dealer or of anyone caught with a large amount of drugs. The judge called on law enforcement officials to focus on the big dealers.

Hurley was sentenced in April 2011 to serve five years in prison for possession of cocaine, and he will finish the sentence unless he is paroled. Hurley also had two previous cocaine convictions and convictions for terroristic threats and escape.

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americafirst
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americafirst 11/29/12 - 08:08 pm
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Thats because the big drug

Thats because the big drug busts are prosecuted in federal court, Judge. The reason is there is no parole in the federal system and the drug dealers get stiff sentences and must serve close to 90 % of their time. Therefore local law enforecment work with federal law enforcement in the big drug cases.

freeradical
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freeradical 11/29/12 - 08:51 pm
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This society is consumed with

This society is consumed with drugs , and lots of them .

It is the staple escape of slaves .

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/29/12 - 09:37 pm
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Dixieman has 1 billion points

Acquittals are rare! Who was the defense attorney?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/29/12 - 09:51 pm
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So he has three convictions

So he has three convictions for cocaine, terroristic threats, and escape and he is only doing 5 years as a three time loser and will probably be paroled since he beat the murder rap.

We don't have justice.....we have jokes-r-us.

celticfiveo
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celticfiveo 11/30/12 - 12:55 am
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big cases

What would you do if you had a big case in front of you, put them on double secret probation.

Maybe before you speak, you should ask the Distict Attorney and the Assistant U.S. Attorneys how many big cases Richmond County Narcotics "puts on the table"

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/30/12 - 01:09 am
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"Acquittals are rare! Who was

"Acquittals are rare! Who was the defense attorney?"

It doesn't matter who the attorney was. This was Richmond County and a jury of his "peers". Nuff said.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/30/12 - 02:57 am
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It would have been easy to

It would have been easy to convict this man, what with his record. But it appears common sense prevailed, seeming there was no “solid” evidence of murder.

Let's just hope another “mad dog” wasn't loosed on the street.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 11/30/12 - 06:08 am
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It's ok

Calm down people. The sooner he gets out, the sooner HE dies, therefore saving taxpayers a lot of money. Don't hate tha playa, hate tha game.

wayne2410
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wayne2410 11/30/12 - 06:54 am
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Cocaine convictions,
Unpublished

Cocaine convictions, terroristic threats, and a beat murder rap. Just think American taxpayer, when he is turned loose you will pay for his healthcare, food, housing, and even a free Obamaphone for him. No wonder a certain block of voters went for Obama.

r
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r 11/30/12 - 09:27 am
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Attorney

According to court dockets his attorney was a Holly G Chapman

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 11/30/12 - 02:12 pm
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Acquittal huh?

So this career criminal was acquitted? Why am I not surprised? Same ol' same ol.

billcass
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billcass 11/30/12 - 05:01 pm
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Autumn Leaves

Maybe it is because he didn't do it.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 11/30/12 - 08:39 pm
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Was this the same George

Was this the same George Burnett that went to Lucy C. Laney in 1979? It would mean that dude was just being born when he killed George burnett graduated.

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