November 28-- A Toombs County murder trial scheduled to have started Monday is off after the defendant decided to enter a guilty plea to a reduced charge.
Sixty-two-year old Norman NeeSmith was facing felony murder charges in the shooting death a year ago of 22-year-old Justin DeShun Patterson of Montgomery County. Local authorities said NeeSmith shot Patterson after he caught him in his daughter's bedroom in the pre-dawn hours of January 29.
District Attorney Hayward Altman says NeeSmith decided Monday to plead guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter under wreckless conditions. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 12 by Superior Court Judge Kathy Palmer.
Jury Trials in Session
Two other cases are being tried by Toombs County juries this week.
A 2008 cocaine trafficking case against Neal Garnett Smith started Monday and a 2002 child molestation case against Victor Tyrone Campbell was scheduled to start Tuesday.