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Thursday December 8th, 2022 3:50PM

Man acquitted of murder in park stabbing case

By The Associated Press
<p>A Jackson County man was acquitted by a Hall County Superior Court jury in the 2004 stabbing death of James Carlton Smith, 20, of Lula.</p><p>The jury on Thursday acquitted James Matthew Grizzle, 20, of Nicholson, on two counts of felony murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.</p><p>Jurors did, however, find Grizzle guilty of affray, a misdemeanor, in connection with the aggravated assault charge. Affray is the fighting of two or more people in a public place.</p><p>Jurors deliberated nearly six hours on Wednesday and most of Thursday before returning a verdict just after 4 p.m.</p><p>Grizzle has been held in the county detention center since Aug. 24, 2004, and will remain incarcerated until Judge Andrew C. Fuller issues a sentence.</p><p>___</p><p>HASH(0x1cd9a74)</p>
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