Even if prosecutors hate that. Augusta man acquitted of murder.
There was a “scuffle” at a basketball game. After the game, there was a confrontation.
Quarterman hit Burton so hard he broke and cracked bones that required surgery, defense attorney Ashanti Lilley told the jury. Burton was backing up but Quarterman kept advancing, kept punching and Burton fired two shots in self defense, Lilley said. Burton testified in his own defense this week, telling the jury that he was in fear for his life because of Quarterman’s friends, particularly Anthony Butler.
But despite all that, the prosecutor charged him, and had him held pending trial, for 2 years. It took the jury “several hours” to acquit.
And in more proof that the process is the punishment, he is still held, for charges from his time being incarcerated.