McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio - A Morgan County jury was not swayed by personal testimony from accused murderer Timmy Stevens during the final day of his trial Wednesday in Morgan County Common Pleas Court, as he claimed he shot his friend in self defense.
The jury returned guilty verdicts on six out of the seven charges, including murder, against Stevens despite testimony from Stevens and another witness that Stevens had acted in self defense last June when he shot and killed his good friend, 36-year-old John Davis III, and wounded his 3-year-old great-nephew in the melee.
The jury deliberated for two hours after three days of testimony.
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Convicted murderer Timmy Stevens, 40, is handcuffed Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of the murder of his friend, 36-year-old John Davis III.
In addition to guilty verdicts for the murder and the felonious assault of the boy, the jury found Stevens guilty of having weapons while under a disability, tampering with evidence, grand theft of a murder vehicle and abuse of a corpse. They returned a single not guilty verdict for intimidating a witness.
A sentencing date for Stevens has not been set.
Stevens' friends and family members held one another, sobbing progressively louder as each of the guilty verdicts was read aloud.
* The jury deliberated for two hours after three days of testimony.
* In addition to guilty verdicts for the murder and the felonious assault of the boy, the jury found Stevens guilty of having weapons while under a disability, tampering with evidence, grand theft of a murder vehicle and abuse of a corpse.
Stevens wiped away tears, as he had done many times throughout the three-day trial including earlier Wednesday when he took the stand to testify about the events that led him to kill Davis at a Morgan County Road 2 home on June 12, 2012.
"He tried to kill me," Stevens said of Davis. "He pulls his gun, makes sure he has one in the chamber, and he points it at me at waist level, and that's when I pulled the trigger."
Others had testified that both Stevens and Davis had guns the day of the shooting, despite the fact that both were convicted felons. Whether Davis had wielded his gun was one area in which Stevens' testimony differed from that of his niece Monday.
Stevens' niece, 29-year-old Crystal Mayle, was also Davis' girlfriend and the mother of the young boy who was shot. She testified Monday that Davis' gun had been on the passenger side floor of her white Kia rental car for the duration of the two men's fight.