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Gang verdict in; trial begins

ALBANY, Ga. — A gang trial that had been ongoing since Nov. 14 came to a conclusion Monday and was followed by the start of a trial connected to a murder that took place earlier this year.

Heather Lanier, chief assistant district attorney in Dougherty County, said Monday that a jury had found Jermaine Harrison not guilty on a gang charge but guilty on a theft-by-receiving and selling stolen property charge.

Harrison’s co-defendant, Courtney Hicks, was found not guilty of all the charges against him — including possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a felon — except for a reckless conduct misdemeanor charge.

The two were arrested in August as part of “Operation Shock,” an initiative meant to cripple gang activity in Albany. They were among 10 arrested Aug. 19, joining dozens of others already incarcerated.

In all, 54 people had racketeering charges brought against them. The racketeering charges against Hicks and Harrison were later dropped.

Also, Lanier said Monday that a trial has just begun for Tracy Smith, who is accused of being involved in the beating death of Jerome Walden earlier this year.

In that case, police reports have indicated that Walden had been beaten by a board with nails in it on June 24 after being chased through a house. He never regained consciousness and succumbed to his injuries on July 29.

Smith was arrested July 4. Demarcus Lewis and Calvin Brooks were also arrested in connection with the beating.

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bubbavet 2 years, 11 months ago

HOW ABOUT MURDER TRIAL? HOW MANY MURDER TRAILS WERE THERE.? THE DOGS MUST HAVE BEEN TIRED. THE PROOF READER NEEDS A PROOF READER.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 11 months ago

How can you be found "not guilty" on possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a felon? Did he have marijuana in his possession? Is he a felon? Did he have a firearm in his possession? I'm confused. Did the DA present a terrible case or did the jury simply let him off the hook?

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 11 months ago

It was a jury of his peers, so what do you think? lol

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VSU 2 years, 11 months ago

They'll be out on the streets, robbing & shooting people. This is why crime is so high in Albany. Too many recycled thugs.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 11 months ago

Folks you need to find out who the jurors are and make it known. These are the folks who are allowing the same thugs back on the street to harm and pillage. No wonder cops are half trying. Why bother. This is as corrupt town as Dodge City.

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Black_Falcon 2 years, 11 months ago

Television shows such as CSI New York, Miami, etc. make it hard for the DA to get a conviction. With all the forensic technology used on such shows, the purden for the DA is magnified x10. Jurors who watch these shows have come to expect all the forensic evidence produced by CSI investigators before they are willing to give a guilty verdict. Google "the CSI effect" for more info.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 11 months ago

Until you are a juror you cannot judge what happened in the courtroom. I sat on the jury a couple of weeks ago and the selection process was very fair and sometimes not everyone is guilty of the charge(s), that is why they have a trial. Some people are merely victims of circumstances. I am glad I was a juror because it gave me more respect for the process.

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VSU 2 years, 11 months ago

Well in all fairness, we don't know those guys are guilty. We can't lock people up just for the sake of locking someone up. They look like thugs and gang members, but doesn't mean that they are.

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nirzamichael 2 years, 11 months ago

exactly yes thugs and gang members exist but just to lock someone up cause they look the part and are in the wrong place at the wrong time is just wrong. they just need to make there case more air tight with actual evidence not circumstantial. Far as is the guy a felon and had a firearm if the officer that arrested him said he thought he had one and then searched the car and not find but the charge is still there should the man still be arrested

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