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Jury decides fate of three murder suspects

After two days of deliberation, the jury has reached a mixed verdict in the case of three men accused of killing an Army veteran in Columbus.

Jurors discussed the case throughout Friday, but could not reach a decision in the trial of Willie Jones, Tavares Lowe and Shannon Fields.

They were charged in the death of 30-year-old Wayman Glenn James Jr. back in June 2010. He was robbed and shot in the head with a shotgun outside Decatur Court Apartments.

The jury found Tavaris Lowe not guilty on all charges. Shannon Fields was found not guilty of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. However the jury could not agree on the robbery charge, and it was deadlocked. In the meantime his attorney will try to get a bond set for the armed robbery charge and the D.A. will have to decide if they will move forward with a trial.

Willie Jones was found guilty of all charges, and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"We're very happy that the shooter was convicted. The shooter will serve life in prison. He was the man who blew the brains out of this victim, so we're happy about the shooter. Of course we're less happy about the other two, but we're satisfied we got the shooter," said Doug Breault with District Attorney's Office.

The fourth suspect, Ronnie Blue, was not on trial last week because his attorney is on medical leave. He will go to trial for his role in the crime at a later date.

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