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Jury acquits teen of murder

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 8:14 PM
Last updated 8:31 PM
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A jury acquitted a 16-year-old Augusta teen of murder charges Thursday.

Verdre Scott pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court and after deliberating about an hour, the jury agreed with him.

Scott was accused of murder in the Dec. 12 death of his friend 16-year-old Martez S. Davis.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Easterling argued to the jury in closing that because Scott and Davis were attempting to rob another teen – 18-year-old James Gibbons – and Davis was killed in the process, Scott was guilty of felony murder.

But as defense attorney Tanya Jeffords brought out in witnesses’ testimony, there was another reason for Davis and Gibbons to exchange gunfire that night: Gibbons believed Davis had stolen a gun from him a day earlier.

Gibbons, who has been convicted of theft and two armed robberies, denied having any dispute with Davis. He testified that he was taking a shortcut near Amsterdam Drive in the Barton Chapel neighborhood when Davis and another teen he knew as “Poochie” tried to rob him.

On cross-examination, however, witnesses testified that Gibbons claimed Davis had stolen a weapon from him.

Physical evidence showed Gibbons was shot twice in the leg. Davis was killed by a gunshot to his back. At the scene, investigators found a single 380-caliber shell casing and seven 40-caliber shell casings.

Gibbons had a 40-caliber handgun that night, he testified. He testified he tossed the gun after the shooting. No guns were found at the scene.

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Pops
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Pops 10/17/13 - 09:11 pm
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We will be hearing

more in the coming months and years from Mr. Gibbons and Mr. Scott.
It won't be good stuff.

raul
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raul 10/17/13 - 09:34 pm
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No doubt, Pops.

No doubt, Pops.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/17/13 - 09:59 pm
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Good Thing

It is good that there was an acquittal. Officials need to wait until Scott reaches 18 years of age before they charge him with his next murder. That way, he will serve more time.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 10/18/13 - 06:42 am
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so who murdered the boy
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so who murdered the boy then??? i don't think you shoot someone "accidentally" in the back....

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/18/13 - 10:51 am
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Such sweet
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kids! It warms your heart to know they will soon be members in good standing with the naacp and democratic party.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/18/13 - 01:46 pm
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These guys need to go to the

These guys need to go to the range and improve their accuracy. When a bad guy is in the crosshairs, I wish the shooter 100% success.

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realitycheck09 10/18/13 - 03:16 pm
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Actually, Little Lamb...

Little lamb -

Actually, because he was charged as an adult, he would have gotten the same amount of time either way.

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willie Lee 10/18/13 - 03:30 pm
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"The truth shall set you free"
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What this shows is the incompetence and disregard for the truth from the office of Ashley Wright. By association this was Wright’s call to press this case and it shows her complete lack of knowledge for the law. The DA’s office is supposed to seek the truth but all she wants are convictions to pad her batting average. Everyone knew this kid was not guilty but “truth” does not fit into the Wright vocabulary.

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oldredneckman96 10/18/13 - 05:29 pm
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Robbing, killing, etc.
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So, are any of these thugs going to be convicted of anything?

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