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Savannah man found guilty of murder in 2013 incident


A Savannah Superior Court jury has found a Savannah man guilty of a 2013 murder.

John Cope, 60, was found guilty of felony murder and aggravated assault from a Dec. 7th, 2013 incident.

Cope became involved in an altercation with Moses Mack, 57, at the residence of a Cope family member. The fight became physical and was won by Cope. Later that same night, Moses was beaten to death by Cope while he was in his bed.

While being questioned by SCMPD, Cope admitted to the beating but claimed it was self-defense.

Assistant District Attorney David Keeton argued that Cope attacked Moses with a hard object, and repeatedly hit him. GBI Medical Examiner Edmund Donoghue testified that Mack had no defensive wounds.

Judge Penny Freesemann will sentence Cope at a later date.

He faces a mandatory life sentence.

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