Verdict reached in Riverwind Apt. murder trial
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A verdict has been reached in the murder trial of Gary Jones Jr.
Jones was found not guilty of all charges including felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Jones was accused of killing Robert Bolden three years ago outside Riverwind Apartments in Columbus' Oakland Park neighborhood.
Defense attorney for Jones, Michael Eddings says this case is more than a murder trial, but about justice.
"The difference in this particular case and our point of view, and I think the jury saw it the same way, was there was no evidence to support that Mr. Jones committed this crime. There was no weapon, no one saw him with a weapon, and the main thing was it was a faulty identification," said Mr. Eddings.
Thursday during testimony, Jones testified on his own behalf, stating he was being framed by police.
The prosecution argued that the shooting was a set-up by Jones. A plan to rob Bolden during a drug deal that ultimately turned deadly.
"The evidence was overwhelming that somebody else was involved in this shooting, and it was not Gary Jones. Despite all of this overwhelming evidence, it seems like Prosecution and law enforcement wanted to place this particular crime on Gary Jones. Although evidence suggested heavily that it wasn't Gary Jones, it was someone else," said Eddings.
After three years, his attorney says Jones goal is to find a sense of normalcy outside of jail.
The victim's family leaving the courtroom upset over the verdict. But, will have to endure another trial.
Jones' co-defendant, and cousin, Adrian Patterson's case was severed and will stand try in near future stemming from same case.