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Second Trial for 4 Charged in 2020 Murder of Sylvania Man Begins This Week

The second trial for four defendants charged in a 2020 Statesboro murder will begin this week in Bulloch County.

All four defendants stood trial in late June 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.

Assistant District Attorney Russell Jones and Chief ADA Barclay Black prosecuted the case for the state. But jurors could not come to a consensus on all four of the defendants and it ultimately ended in a mistrial. Double jeopardy is not a consideration in mistrials and the state is not prevented from trying the case again.

Beginning Tuesday, prosecutors will once again plead their case against four men authorities believe are responsible for the death of Shiggs.

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, respectively.

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.

Ladarian Talik Golfin is represented by Attorney Craig Bonnell.
Immanuel Marqavis Hendrix is represented by Attorney Richard Bailey.
Cecil Darryl Kelly is represented by Public Defender Karen Brown.
Anthony James Seay is represented by Attorney John Carson.

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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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