Papa Bear Murder: Jury is still out

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The third day of Mastermichael Ramsey's trial is over and jury has yet to make their verdict in federal court.

They were in deliberations for most of Thursday afternoon before the judge announced a recess at 5:15 PM.

The 26-year-old faces several charges including felony murder, kidnapping, and robbery stemming from the August 2006 killing of 55-year-old Columbus cab driver Jack Horne.

Ramsey's attorney says he was never there when Horne was robbed and murdered on Fort Benning two-and-a-half years ago by two of Ramsey's friends who have already plead guilty to charges stemming from the crime.

Over the past three days, the jury has heard testimony from authorities who say Ramsey's gun was the murder weapon. A shell casing from that gun was found at the scene of the crime and some of the victim's possessions were found in his car and apartment.

Some of Jack Horne's fellow cab drivers have been at this week's proceedings.

They say they don't want to comment until a verdict comes down but tell WTVM they are anxiously awaiting the jury's decision.

Some of the cabs at Gold Star Taxi, where Horne worked, still bear decals that say: "In Memory of Jack 'Papa Bear' Horne, #11 Retired in Heaven."

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