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James Harrison Jr. found guilty of capital murder

James Harrison. James Harrison.

After more than three hours of deliberation Tuesday morning, Aug. 5, a jury at the Russell County Courthouse found James Harrison, Jr. guilty of capital murder and first degree robbery.

Harrison faced retrial for a crime that took place over decade ago on Aug. 5, 2014. He was convicted of murdering Thomas Fred Day Jr. back in 1998, and was sentenced to death in 2001.

Harrison was granted a new trial based on juror misconduct.

The defense asked the Jury to be polled. All 12 jury members unanimously voted and agreed to the charges.

On Monday afternoon, Aug. 5, the Defense fought to convince the jury that Harrison should be charged with murder and theft of property instead. On the other hand, the State convinced the jury to convict Harrison of capital murder and first degree robbery for killing the disabled Phenix City man, and for selling Day's CD's, audio player and other items for money to buy cocaine and other drugs.

The differences in the charges would have meant a difference in sentencing. If the Defense had been successful in lowering the charges, Harrison would no longer qualify for execution.

Court will be back in session Wednesday, Aug. 6, for the sentencing phase. Now that Harrison has been found guilty of capital murder for a second time, the State and the Defense will have to find an appropriate punishment for Harrison.


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