Smith convicted in beating death of Jerome Walden
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards says that Tracey Smith has been found guilty during the retrial of a felony murder charge for the 2011 beating death of Jerome Walden.
Edwards says that the jury returned the verdict about 9:30 Thursday morning.
Sentencing for Smith is slated for Monday with Edwards saying Smith could face multiple sentences including life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Smith appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court earlier in 2013 over issues in his original trial claiming double jeopardy, but the court did not rule in his favor.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, the family of Jerome Walden say they were proud to hear that Smith was found guilty.
Walden's niece, Wanda Rivers, says that "the trial has been very emotional for the family."
The family also wanted to thank the community for helping to bring these suspects to justice.
"We have just been devastated by these acts of crime these individuals committed against my uncle. He was a hard working person. He did anything for anyone and he did not deserve what they gave him," said Wanda Rivers.
Demarcus Dontravious Lewis pled guilty to aggravated assault and aggravated battery in connection to this crime. The case is still pending against Calvin Brooks who is also facing charges for aggravated assault, aggravated battery and felony murder.