Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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ALBANY, Ga. -- A jury handed down guilty verdicts Wednesday to three men accused of involvement in a June 2009 shooting at a popular city pool.
Tchywaski Jones, Jerry Harris and Dabkowski Luke were each convicted on all of the criminal counts against them, which included aggravated assault and gang participation.
Sentencing will be conducted at a later date.
The verdict caps a four-week trial during which prosecutors and defense attorneys often sparred over evidence and testimony.
Jones, Harris and Luke were indicted for their alleged involvement in a shooting at Carver Pool in June 2009 that injured Donald Winchester.
Prosecutors argued that the shooting occurred following a fight earlier that morning between a group of women at the pool.
The jury convicted the trio despite the fact that several key witnesses in the case, including Winchester, testified they never saw the three men involved in the fight.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Heather Lanier, who along with Assistant District Attorney Matthew Breedon argued the case, said the state will ask the court for extended sentences to be handed down in the case.
"We'll be asking for extended sentences given their prior offenses and the high and aggravated nature of the crime," Lanier said.