(Defense lawyer Ben Goldsmith, left, with the defendant, after the verdict was read. Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
4:22 PM: After three days of deliberations, the jury has just announced its verdict in the three-month-long trial of Lovett “Cid” Chambers:
Guilty of first-degree manslaughter. (He was charged with second-degree murder but the jury could not agree on that charge, according to what was read in court.)
Chambers was on trial for the January 21, 2012, shooting death of 35-year-old Travis Hood by Morgan Junction Park. He acknowledged all along that he had fired the fatal shots, but in more than six weeks of testimony, two very different stories were presented. (WSB has been the only news organization in the courtroom, covering the case, and our 20+ reports are linked here.) In the courtroom for the verdict announcement: Family and friends on both sides, and three of the four lawyers who argued the case – defenders Ben Goldsmith and Lauren McLane; prosecutor Maggie Nave. Judge Catherine Shaffer received the verdict; Judge Theresa Doyle, who presided over the trial dating back to a month and a half of motions starting in early January, was out today.
4:28 PM: The jury has just left the room. One juror was crying. In addition to manslaughter, the crime was found to have been committed with a deadly weapon – a gun, which adds time to the sentence. No date was announced for sentencing. (We should also point out that the jurors basically had three options besides “not guilty” – murder, manslaughter, or assault.)
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