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Man found not-guilty of murder

ALBANY — Santarious Nelson was found not-guilty of murder and other charges in Superior Court Tuesday. According to court officials, Nelson had been indicted as the “trigger man” in the shooting death of 19-year-old Santos Vicente on Dec. 17, 2010.

Nelson’s charges of armed robbery and murder originated from a late-night robbery of Miscelanea Guate-Mex, a convenience store on Radium Springs Road, in which Vicente, a Guatemalan employee, was fatally shot in the head.

Anthony Hill, 16 at the time he was arrested, later pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated assault, armed robber, involuntary manslaughter and minor possession of a handgun. He also agreed to testify against Nelson at his murder trial. In exchange, Hill would receive a reduced 30-year sentence, according to Greg Edwards, Dougherty County district attorney.

Hill told members of the jury that he and Nelson, 19 when he was charged, had robbed the convenience store and that Nelson had fired the shot that killed Vicente.

Nelson continued to maintain that he was not present at the robbery and in fact was home with his family at the time it took place.