Savannah man acquitted of murder by a directed verdict

Charlie Sapp
Charlie Sapp(Savannah Police Department)
Published: Nov. 2, 2022 at 1:40 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2022 at 5:37 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Savannah man has been acquitted on murder charges after a judge told jurors there was not sufficient evidence for them to consider.

55-year-old Charlie Sapp faced malice murder charges in the shooting death of 45-year-old Edward James D Futch who was killed Oct. 8th of last year.

Savannah Police found him injured in a Southside neighborhood off Tibet Avenue.

He died at a local hospital. Sapp’s case went to a jury trial on Monday.

But it ended yesterday after Chatham County Superior Court Judge John E. Morse, Jr. directed the jury to disregard the charges of malice murder and felony murder, which come with a life sentence, according to a copy of the sentencing order and jury verdict form.

The jury also found Sapp not guilty of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

WTOC News spoke with Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones this afternoon. She did not explain over the phone what happened because she said it was difficult to condense, but said she would try to send a statement later Wednesday. She agreed to an interview on Friday to talk more about the case.

WTOC also called the Public Defender’s Office and Judge Morse’s Office for comment and will update this report once a response is received.

Statement from Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones below: