SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The jury reached a guilty verdict Friday afternoon in a triple murder trial for the shooting death of three that happened in Carver Village October 2015.
The jury found James Hampton guilty of charges including one count of conspiracy, three counts of malice murder and and nine counts of felony murder.
They found Abney guilty of conspiracy, malice murder for Marshall and Kitchens and three counts of felony murder for all three victims.
Three suspects were named in the death of Kiana Marshall, 21, Alexis Kitchens, 19, and Isaiah (Corey) Martin, 18. One suspect, Diamond Butler, took a plea deal pleading guilty to conspiracy and aggravated assault, dropping the murder charges in exchange for her testimony against the others.
The trial for the other two began Monday, Dec. 4.
The prosecution claimed James Hampton shot and killed the suspects and Dwayne Abney was there, pushing one of them down and telling him to kill her.
Over the last week, the jury reviewed witness testimonies and evidence against Hampton and Abney.
Butler testified her and another girl, Jamaica Bell, had been staying with Marshall. When Marshall told them to move out, Butler claims her friend, Hampton, asked her if she wanted him to “wet that s*** up” meaning “shoot up the place.” She testified that she said, “Yes” and she “didn’t care.”
Family members of the victims were relieved with the verdict and say they are hoping for a life sentence.
The judge will decide on that next Friday. News 3 will keep you updated.