Guilty on two counts, Smith to face trial again

ALBANY, Ga. — A Dougherty County jury found Tracy Smith, 33, guilty of aggravated battery and aggravated assault in the beating of Jerome Walden on June 24 at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Jurors deadlocked on a murder charge, according to Heather Lanier, chief assistant district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit.

Lanier said Judge Willie Lockette declared a mistrial on the murder charge. The District Attorneys Office plans to try Smith again for the murder with his co-defendants Demarcus Lewis, 20, and Calvin Brooks, 29. Sentencing on the two guilty charges will be scheduled for a later date.

Walden, 45, was found in an alley near the 1200 block of Highland Avenue. He was taken to the hospital suffering from swollen eyes, head and chest abrasions, a punctured lung, possible broken ribs and a head trauma. He died about 35 days later.


Abytaxpayer 3 years, 8 months ago

I pray the jurors that voted not guilty have to face Jerome Walden’s family one day. Jerome Walden deserves better treatment from the jurors. Weak minded jurors like these reward Criminals for not completing the murder in a timely manner, they rewarded low life Tracy Smith only because Jerome Walden lived for 35 days and did not die at the scene. But this is Albany “The Good Life City” where crime pays and if you get caught no worries, just look at DCSS’s great examples.


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