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All 3 defendants in 2016 Peachtree Mall murder trial found guilty on all charges

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A verdict has finally been reached in the 2016 Peachtree mall murder trial on Wednesday.

This comes after over 3 weeks of court, alternate jurors, hold-ups and several delays.

The jury found Xzavaien Jones, his sister, Tekoa Young, and Terell McFarland guilty on all 13 charges for murder, aggravated assault, and violation of street gang terrorism and prevention.

The deadly shooting claimed the life of 24-year-old Anthony Meredith.

This verdict comes after a first verdict was rejected by a judge after a juror reported the vote was "not unanimous", or made freely.The juror also said she felt the evidence was not sufficient to find Tekoa Young and Terell McFarland guilty.

Judge Frank Jordan, immediately instructed jurors to return to the jury room for further deliberations until a unanimous verdict was reached. 

During that time, jurors requested to watch the Peachtree Mall surveillance video in full to help with deliberations.

A second verdict was reached at around 3:30 p.m. This time all jurors saying they made their decision freely and voluntarily. 

All three defendants, Xzavaien Jones, Tekoa Young, and Terell McFarland found guilty on all 13 charges against them for a second time.

Assistant District Attorney, Pete Temesgen rejoicing in the long-awaited verdict.

“We are very satisfied, justice was served, and the jury system again affirmed. All the stops and starts, the delays, just part of the jury system. “We believe they got it right. They [the jurors] took their time, looked at all the evidence, it's a verdict supported by the evidence and it was a verdict that they did not take lightly, certainly appreciate their service," said Temesgen.

Defense attorneys declined to comment on the verdict at this time.

Sentencing has been scheduled for May 23.

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