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Two men acquitted for murder to remain behind bars


The two men acquitted for a 2013 murder on Monday will remain behind bars despite the not guilty verdict.

Both defendants have holds on their names, one for outstanding charges in Richmond Hill and the other for a probation violation.

Following a weekend break, a Chatham County jury returned this morning to continue deliberating the fate of Germaine Grant and Terrell Nelson, the two men charged with shooting and killing Achmed Williams in March 2013.

Williams' family said this has been a very difficult time for everyone. "He cooked breakfast for my kids in the morning... He took them to school, picked them up," said Shakeera Scrive, Williams' sister. "He was a family person, so he really did a lot fo us. My kids really looked up to him."

But the family's hope for justice turned to heartbreak. After more than five hours of deliberations, the jury returned a not guilty verdict across the board for both defendants.

"The whole case was about the testimony of one witness and clearly the jury didn't believe that witness," said Nelson's defense attorney David Burns.

Twice the jury inquired about watching a seven hour recorded police interview with the state's key witness Lester Seabrook, but it turned out the DVD was not properly entered into evidence, so they couldn't view it.

Despite the jury's not guilty verdict, both defendants will remain behind bars for the time being. Nelson is wanted in Richmond Hill for possession of marijuana and a suspended license, and Grant has had his probation revoked and will remain behind bars in Chatham County Jail.

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