FAYETTEVILLE - A jury found Matthew Gravely guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday in a Fayette County courtroom.
The charge is less than murder, which the prosecution was seeking.
Gravely shot Gary Smith, 22, in the back in April of last year at the Mountainair Mobile Home Park in Glen Jean.
The defense argued in court that Gravely acted in self-defense as Smith was attacking Gravely the night of the incident.
The prosecution was looking for a first-degree murder charge which indicates malicious intent and premeditation. A voluntary manslaughter charge does not include those keys.
Gravely will head back to Southern Regional Jail to await his sentencing on May 30.
A voluntary manslaughter charge carries a 3 to 15 year prison sentence.
Original Story 4/3/14
FAYETTEVILLE - The murder trial continues in Fayette
County Circuit Court for a man accused of fatally shooting another.
30 year old Matthew Gravely of Hilltop has been charged with
the murder of Gary Smith, 22. Officials said the incident took place April
3 of last year at the Mountain Air Mobile Home Park in Glen Jean.
The prosecution began calling witnesses to the stand Thursday,
including the state's chief medical examiner who outlined the autopsy results
which concluded Smith was shot in the back.
Smith's mother also testified about
what she saw on the day of the shooting.
The state rested Friday and the defense began calling