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Man convicted of murdering Hazlehurst teen

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Jamey Carter in court Jamey Carter in court
HAZLEHURST, GA (WTOC) -

Jamey Carter's attorneys offered no evidence or witness testimony in his defense on murder charges. Carter did not testify either. Jurors took 90 minutes to deliberate before they found him guilty on all charges in the shooting death of Chandler Johnson.

In their statement to the jury, defense attorneys asserted the 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot as he and Carter were shooting target practice. During the trial, investigators recalled interviews with Carter where he told them he was holding the rifle and Johnson turned around suddenly and startled Carter, who pulled the trigger. 

But prosecutors painted a different picture. They contended the shooting was to eliminate Johnson from his mother's life in the hopes she would begin dating Carter again. Investigators told how Carter described to them how he hid the body in woods near a church cemetery in nearby Denton. He told them he went back later and buried the body as well. It is the same cemetery where Carter's son was buried after he passed away earlier that year.

"The question we all ask is why?," stated Chandler's mom, Trena Robertson. "How could he do this after suffering the death of his own son and knowing the pain. How could he make someone else endure that?"

Carter watched the family's frantic search for 10 days. That's when Robertson's neighbor recovered digital security camera video from the day Chandler disappeared. It showed Carter's car arriving at Robertson's home and leaving with Johnson in the car during the time Robertson was at work.

The mother and the rest of Chandler's family will be able to speak in court on the impact of his death on Dec. 11 when Carter is sentenced.

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