Hearing held in Haley Hutcheson murder case
STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - It has been more than a year since a judge denied bond for the man charged with murder in a roadway shooting in Statesboro that killed 17-year-old Haley Hutcheson.
Wednesday attorneys for Marc Wilson made their case to protect their client from murder charges.
Defense attorneys hope they can prove in this hearing that Marc Wilson was acting in self defense and in fear for his life.
They contend Marc Wilson and his girlfriend were being chased by a pickup truck full of people they thought were trying to run them off the road and Wilson fired shots to scare them away. But one of those shots turned out to be deadly.
Wilson appeared in court for his immunity hearing and could possibly testify in his own defense. Attorneys called, as witnesses, the people who were in the pickup truck where Haley Hutcheson was shot and killed. Attorneys questioned the driver Mason Glisson and passengers about how much alcohol they’d had that evening and whether they were taunting random African American people they saw prior to driving alongside Wilson and his girlfriend on Statesboro’s bypass.
Wilson’s statement to police were the truck harassed him on the road and he feared they would run him off the road. His attorneys contend Wilson tried other measures before he fired warning shots.
“He finally rolled down his window and yelled ‘back off! back off!’ But they didn’t,” said defense attorney Francys Johnson.
One of Wilson’s shots hit the truck and Hutcheson inside. His attorneys are asking for immunity based on self-defense.
They say he and his girlfriend were targeted by a group of teens in a pickup truck.
“He tells police on the phone “I had no clue what hit me. I thought they were shooting at me,” said Johnson.
Defense attorneys called as witnesses the driver and passengers in the truck where Haley Hutcheson was struck and killed by one of Wilson’s bullets.
“At no point were you all yelling anything at them,” asked an attorney.
“No sir,” responded witness Mason Glisson.
Attorneys questioned how much alcohol the underage young men had consumed and whether they’d taunted other African American people that evening before seeing Wilson at a gas station and following him.
“We were riding with the radio playing loud. The next thing I hear three shots and it looks like they’re shooting at the ground,” said witness Ashton DeLoach.
Both denied any aggressive driving or behavior. Passenger Luke Conley took the stand but invoked his 5th amendment rights not to answer.
The hearing resumes Thursday morning with defense attorneys expected to call more witnesses as they try to make their case.
This hearing could take the rest of the week.
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