Jury finds man guilty of Chattahoochee Co. murder

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CUSSETA, GA (WTVM) -  A Chattahoochee County jury has found Antoine Jackson guilty of the murder of Christopher Hoskins.

The verdict came down late Thursday in Cusseta.

GBI agents say the killing was  a drug deal that went haywire.

Jackson was first of three people charged in connection with Hoskins' murder to stand trial.

The 29-year-old was shot twice back in 2007 and found dead in his car on Highway 27 in Cusseta.

In court Wednesday, the codefendants in the case took the stand to testify against Jackson, peppered by questions from defense attorney John Martin and Chief Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker.

The defense made it clear that both Dantrell Prince and Tasha Grant have been offered plea deals in exchange for their testimony.

Tasha Grant says all she did was dial Hoskins' phone number so the $4000 drug deal could be set up.

But her former boyfriend, Dantrell Prince, was there when the deadly shooting happened on the side of the road. He says Antoine Jackson told him he saw the victim reach for his gun when the deal was going down and thought he was going to open fire. In defense, he started shooting at Hoskins' car, hitting him in the arm and side.

Both Grant and Prince admitted on the stand that they lied to GBI agents in interviews after the murder because they were scared to give up Antoine Jackson.

Jackson received a life sentence Thursday. He was also found guilty of criminal attempt to traffic cocaine. He is currently serving time for four armed robberies. His life sentence will run consecutive to that.

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