Bulloch Local News

Jury Hung on 4 Defendants Charged in 2020 Statesboro Murder

After two-and-a-half days of trial and a day-and-a-half of deliberations, a mistrial was declared in a 2020 murder case after jurors could not come to a unanimous decision.

Four defendants stood trial this week in Bulloch County before Superior Court Judge Gates Peed. The courtroom was packed with friends and family for both the defendants and the victim as prosecutors worked to convince jurors that the four on trial were responsible for the death of Morice Shiggs of Sylvania.

The body of 19-year-old Morice Shiggs was at the One Eleven South apartment complex off Rucker Lane in November 2020. He was dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Investigators with the Statesboro Police Department arrested 22-year-old Ladarian Talik Golfin and 22-year-old Immanuel Marqavis Hendrix, both of Millen, with the help of the U.S. Marshals in February 2021. Cecil Darryl Kelly of Garfield and Anthony James Seay were charged in late February and March 2021.

All four were indicted in March 2021 on charges of Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Possession of a Firearm or Knife During the Commission of Certain Felonies. They were reindicted in May 2021 on the same charges and as parties to a crime. 

Assistant District Attorney Russell Jones and Chief ADA Barclay Black prosecuted the case for the state.

Ladarian Talik Golfin (Attorney Craig Bonnell)
Immanuel Marqavis Hendrix (Attorney Richard Bailey)
Cecil Darryl Kelly (Public Defender Karen Brown)
Anthony James Seay (Attorney John Carson)

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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