2017-12-20 / Front Page

GUILTY!

Jury convicts Huffman

GUILTY!

A jury has found James R. Huffman IV guilty on all counts in the New Year's 2014 murder of Michael Hogg and the attempted murders of three of his friends.

Huffman, along with Patrick Smith, was charged with complicity in the crimes. Smith has not yet gone to trial.

At the end of a 15-day trial, the jury returned its verdict in less than four hours.

Sheriff's deputies handcuffed and surrounded Huffman immediately after the verdict and marched him out of the courtroom. The sentencing phase will begin this afternoon.

The Hogg family and surviving victims Christopher Puckett and Stacy Phillips broke into tears and hugged in the gallery.

Huffman's father told a deputy, "That's what the appeals courts are  for."

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