George Burns, III, a Big Sandy man charged with first-degree murder was in court Friday for the third day of trial, and a verdict was reached. After two long days of testimonies, video surveillance, and 9-1-1 calls, Burns was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Michael Nuzzo in November 2015. “In this case, it indicted that you find the defendant not guilty of first-degree murder,” Circuit Court Judge Creed McGinley said. “You did, however, find the defendant guilty of murder in the second-degree.” In closing statements, District Attorney General Matt Stowe urged jurors to make their decision based on the evidence and what they heard from the witness stand. The state contended that the disagreement that led to the murder was over the love of a local woman. Burns’ attorney, Grover Collins, countered during his closing argument, “But the promise of that passionate love affair was not delivered on or from the witness stand.” The jury deliberated for a little more that two hours before reaching the verdict. Burns will be sentenced on Oct. 24, 2016.
Source: The Camden Chronicle