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Man to serve two life sentences for well murder

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After ten years comes a partial conclusion to the brutal murder of an Opelika, AL man.

Raymon Walton, one of three brothers accused of kidnapping and throwing Al Wilson down a well in Harris County, GA in 2001, was found guilty of murder Thursday.

After two days of witness testimony, jurors took just an hour to come down with the verdict.

Raymon Walton cried as Judge John Allen read the verdict.

Walton and his two step-brothers, Roderick Johnson and Alexander Johnson, are believed to have plotted to kill Wilson to keep him from testifying against Roderick in a theft case in Lee County, AL. Wilson went missing from his work, also where Roderick Johnson worked, in 2001. His bones were found in a well in Harris County 3 years later.

"You never get over it.  You never, never get over it. I wouldn't wish it on any parent.  I wouldn't wish it on anybody, but especially a parent. It's hard," said Dottie Wilson, the victim's mother.

Walton had the chance to address the victim's family before his sentencing. He maintained his innocence saying, "I am sorry you lost your son.  Now, I will go to prison for something I didn't do."  

When we asked Wilson's mother if she thought there was any chance Walton was innocent, "There is no doubt in my mind.  There are a lot of innocent people that sit in jail, but there is no doubt," said

She said her family now hopes the other two trials, for Roderick and Alexander, come quickly.

Meanwhile, the two remaining brothers are waiting to go to trial. A definite date for their trial dates has not been set at this time.

Judge Allen sentenced Walton to two consecutive life sentences, plus 10 years.

Walton's attorney, Brad Gardner, told News Leader 9 he plans to file an appeal for a new trial next week.

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