A man found guilty in the Greenwood murder trial after slaying an Aiken man.

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A man found guilty in the Greenwood murder trial after slaying an Aiken man.
A man found guilty in the Greenwood murder trial after slaying an Aiken man.

Highlights:

  • A man was found guilty for a murder case after the end of the 9th day of the trial.
  • The dead body of Marty Anthony George was discovered by cops in a ditch.
  • Yates Brown reporter that the suspect’s mother assumed his son was on drugs.
  • During the trial, Assistant Public Defender Tristan Shaffer said that the case was made on assumptions.

Inside Story

On March 6, 2019, Mark Anthony Hailey Jr. got charged with possession of weapons and murder in violent crime. When the cops found the corpse of Marty Anthony George, that night, the mother of the suspect phoned 911 and stated that her son might have been involved in the murder case.

The officers revealed that the deceased had a gunshot wound on his head. According to the warrant, George and Hailey were in a vehicle near the location that morning. The suspect shot the victim and put in a dead body in a roadside ditch. Then, he went back to his home. 

A man found guilty in the Greenwood murder trial after slaying an Aiken man.
A man found guilty in the Greenwood murder trial after slaying an Aiken man.

However, on Wednesday, the attorneys said different stories in the court. Eighth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Yates Brown along with Assistant Solicitor Anna Sumner included the required malice before the crime. He said that he did not support the idea of Hailey defending himself from George. Attorney Brown also said that Hailey had loaded the gun before George grabbed and waved the gun around.

Brown also played a video from an officer when Hailey’s mother had called 911 and where his son was heard crying. He was barely able to speak, but he told the cops that something had happened that night. Also, he added that he hurt George. He also said that he was hearing a sound and seeing things that led him to the location where he shot George.

Investigation Report

The suspect’s mother was shocked by his behavior and assumed that he was on drugs. The medical expert revealed that he wasn’t on drugs and was qualified to stand a trial. Assistant Public Defender Tristan Shaffer said that this crime case was made on assumptions. The cops assumed that it was murder and the mother assumed that her son was on drugs. He played a video which revealed that both Hailey and George were heading in the dark stretch of road. He said that George was giving Hailey a ride home, however, he wasn’t going the right way.

The lights were off, and the road was dark, and Hailey couldn’t tell that it was a BB gun. Then, George pointed the gun at Mark. However, he was giving an impression to shoot Hailey and had no intention to hurt him. The jury heard the arguments and was given three charges to consider, possession, carjacking, or murder. Later on, the jury decided on the weapons a murder charge.

Final Verdict

The jury accepted the guilty verdicts on the weapons and shooting charges and ruled the mistrial on the carjacking. Brown stated that they put a lot of effort into the nine-day trial. Attorneys, along with the families, witnesses and investigators cooperated in the case.

Come back soon for the latest updates about the case.

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