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Hargrove guilty in 3 slayings

Friday, March 21, 2014 4:38 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 22, 2014 1:12 AM
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After nearly six hours of deliberation Friday, a Richmond County Superior Court jury found Adrian Hargrove guilty of all charges filed in a 2008 triple homicide.

The jury had the options of finding Hargrove guilty, not guilty, guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill and guilty but mentally retarded in the murders of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson and her parents Sharon and Andrew Hartley.

On Monday morning, the second phase of Hargrove’s trial begins. The jury will be asked to determine Hargrove’s punishment — life in prison with or without the possibility of parole or death.

In her closing argument Thursday, District Attorney Ashley Wright told jury members that Hargrove wiped out three generations of a single family in a span of a few hours on Feb. 9, 2008.

At the time of her death Pederson was pregnant with a daughter. The medical examiner told the jury that from the size of the baby’s foot, 3 centimeters, he determined she was 20 weeks old.

The jury also convicted Hargrove of feticide, kidnapping, burglary and three counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Hargrove’s defense team sought a verdict of guilty but mentally ill and guilty but mentally retarded, the second of which would have meant Hargrove wouldn’t face either life without the possibility of parole or death.

Starting Monday, the prosecutors will present evidence of aggravation and the defense team will present evidence of mitigation.

While the jury must find evidence of aggravation in order to impose a sentence of death, it does not have to specify any mitigating factor in order to sentence Hargrove to life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.

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Marinerman1 03/21/14 - 04:56 pm

Hopefully, they will choose eternal dirt nap, but I really have my doubts. We shall see, over the next few days.

nocnoc 03/21/14 - 06:22 pm
The legal battle to accomplish Justice now starts.

Given the way things drag out for death sentences, MAYBE he'll swing in 20 years before he dies of old age.

I have often suggested:

A State and Federal Death Sentence Court system be established.

Immediate appeal heard at the Highest State Level in 6 months.

Federal appeal at District level within 6 months State Appeal failure.
Supreme Court review in 6 months

Sentence carried out within 36 months in a public square of the County which murder took place.

There is No Social redeeming value in any private, behind closed door execution. Make it public, let the criminals see the results of what awaits them if they cross the line.

myfather15 03/22/14 - 05:11 am
Hopefully, he gets the end that he deserves!!

But I also have my doubts!! The liberals have done a brilliant job indoctrinating peoples minds and making the death sentence taboo!! They've done it by confusing people, by confusing the issues!! Confusing right and wrong; just like I heard someone yesterday say "I don't even remember what the truth looks like." People honestly don't know what truth is, in today's society!!

corgimom 03/22/14 - 07:12 am
myfather, this isn't just a

myfather, this isn't just a "liberal" issue.

While I personally believe in the death penalty, there are many people that don't, and it has nothing to do with being "conservative" or "liberal", or being "indoctrinated."

What I object to is the 20 year waits.

edcushman 03/22/14 - 08:56 am
"myfather, this isn't just a

"myfather, this isn't just a "liberal" issue."
corgimom, IT IS very much a liberal issue. The liberals now a days is just another name for Marxists and communists. They don't want to admit who they really are so they call themselves liberals. A good example is the lying, racist communist in the WH. So called liberals have done more harm to this country than the Russians ever thought about.

Rolling Eyes
Rolling Eyes 03/22/14 - 09:59 am
It's hard to believe that it

It's hard to believe that it has taken over 6 years to get to this trial. I'm hoping that the verdict gives some small comfort to the families of the victims. Now, on to the sentencing...

fishman960 03/22/14 - 11:05 am
Guilty verdict

Indeed it took a while for the trial to happen. Now it is over. Thankfully.

As the husband of the niece of Andrew 'Allen' Hartley, I have to say that in the time that I knew Allen, I never knew him to be the violent type.

It is my belief based on the little time I knew Allen that if posed the question while he was living if he would choose life or death, I believe he would choose life.

This is just strictly my own opinion based on my limited time with him and in no way is it a suggestion or otherwise.

If you ask me, he deserves the death penalty.

myfather15 03/22/14 - 11:27 am

We will just have to agree, to disagree!!

When is the last time you've heard a Conservative republican say "If you kill him, we are just as bad as him."

Please, tell me when the last time you heard one say that? Liberal activists say this CONSTANTLY!! And they fight hard against every planned execution and method of execution, claiming all of them to be torture, including lethal injection!! There IS NO method of delivering the death penalty they would agree with; because they don't agree with it to begin with!! They they flood the system with more red tape than I care to mention; with the purpose of making it almost impossible to seek!! Financially, a death penalty case could bankrupt many Counties in the United States; and there is no assistance for them to seek.

Is it true that if we kill Mr. Hargrove, we are just as bad as him? This is the confusion they create with this non-sense!! People actually start believing they might be a murderer if they put a murderer to death!! Absurd!!

myfather15 03/22/14 - 11:30 am

Absolutely!! The victim's didn't get to choose between life and death, therefore they shouldn't be any choices to make after convicted!! Death should be the only option for premeditated homicide!!

Darby 03/22/14 - 12:06 pm
"While the jury must find evidence of aggravation

in order to impose a sentence of death..."

Well, I'm aggravated, is that enough?

jimmymac 03/23/14 - 05:25 pm

This thug didn't kill all three in a fit of rage. He took the girl with him and cold bloodedly stabbed her to death after he bludgeoned and stabbed two other people. This psycho should be the poster child for why we need a death penalty. Shame on all involved for allowing it to take 6 years for him to come to trial. That's ridiculous!

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