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May 8, 2014

Man found not guilty in Legion murder trial

MILLEDGEVILLE — A Baldwin County jury returned a not guilty verdict in the May 2013 murder trail of 21-year-old Quintavious Shantez Horton.

Horton was indicted for murder and felony murder relating to the May 18, 2013 death of 22-year-old Kenneth Lilneal Simmons. Simmons died in a shooting at the American Legion located at 430 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.  

According to Assistant District Attorney Stephen Bradley, the jury spent close to two and a half hours in deliberation.

"This was a hard case all around," he said. "It was hard on both the families, and we worked tirelessly making sure our facts were correct."

He added that the DA's office along with Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord and Maj. Reginald Hill spent weeks making sure all evidence was concrete and factual.

Bradley said the not guilty verdict came down to witnesses.

Witnesses were brought forth by the defense that suggested Horton acted in self-defense.

Horton was originally charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony relating to Simmons’ death.

 

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