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Man found guilty in Hazlehurst teen's death

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James Carter in court. James Carter in court.
JEFF DAVIS CO., GA (WTOC) -

A jury on Thursday afternoon found a man charged with death of a 15-year-old boy guilty on all murder counts and other charges.

They are deciding whether to sentence now or later.

James Carter was on trial for the death of Chandler Johnson that occurred Sept. 25, 2011. Carter knew the teen through Chandler's mother.

Johnson lived with his grandparents, but was visiting his mother for a weekend. Johnson disappeared while she was at work. With no evidence of struggle or foul play, police initially believed the teen had run away from home.

Days later, a neighbor recovered video from a security camera that showed Carter's car arriving at Johnson's mother's home and leaving moments later with Johnson inside.

Hazlehurst police said Carter then confessed to killing Chandler the afternoon he disappeared and showed police where he had buried him in woods near a rural church cemetery in Jeff Davis County.

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