Roberts and Thomas found not guilty of Labor Day murder

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Jury found murder suspects Tray Thomas and Marquise Roberts not guilty of their charges Thursday afternoon.

The two were connected to the 2010 Labor Day weekend shooting death of 18 year old Gerald Hatchett. Hatchett was found shot to death on 25th Street and the two main suspects in the case were Thomas and Roberts.

After about three hours of deliberation, the jury said Tray Thomas and Marquise Roberts were not guilty of the malice murder and felony murder charges brought against them. They did, however, find both men guilty of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Judge Allen pointed out the jury basically meant they acknowledge Thomas and Roberts had guns and fired them, but they can't say without a reasonable doubt that their shots are the ones that killed 18 year old Hatchett.

Judge Allen sentenced both men to five years in prison for the weapons charges. Marquise Roberts was also found guilty of theft by receiving stolen property in relation to a stolen car he was in at the time of the shooting. Since both men have already been in jail since their arrest in September, Judge Allen said that will be credited towards their five year prison sentence.

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