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August 22, 2013

Charleston acquitted in Sparta murder trial

SPARTA — After nearly 12 hours of Tuesday deliberation, the jury in a Hancock County double murder case acquitted the defendant, Brandon Charleston, on four counts and couldn’t reach a decision on the other three.

The defendant was facing life without the possibility of parole for the Sept. 11, 2011, murder of Darryl Scott and Dedria Greene.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Stephen Bradley said the jury acquitted on the malice murder counts for each victim, the armed robbery and the burglary.

“They were unable to reach a verdict on the felony murder charges for each victim as well as the aggravated assault,” Bradley said.

The Sparta double homicide trial proceedings involving Charleston began Friday Aug. 9 at the Baldwin County Courthouse. Hancock County Superior Court hosted the meat of the trial this week.

On Sept. 11 two years ago, officers responded to 141 Tommie Lane in rural Hancock County after someone else in the home called for help. 

Scott and Greene were killed between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Scott initially survived the shooting and was conscious at the scene but died on the way to Oconee Regional Medical Center.

A Hancock County grand jury met last fall and indicted the then 19-year-old Charleston on all seven charges surrounding the double murder. 

Bradley said the victims’ families were understandably disappointed.

“While we respect the jury, we are disappointed and disagree with the verdict. We’ll look to see when and how we can go forward. We still have the other three counts, and we’ll make a decision on them in the near future,” Bradley said.

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