Columbus teen found not guilty to all murder charges

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After a unanimous vote from a Muscogee County Superior Court jury, jurors found Clayton Perry Jr. not guilty to all charges.

Perry was on trial in the August 2017 shooting death of 26-year-old James Francesconi at a residence on Wickham Drive. Francesconi was shot while in his vehicle about 10 p.m.


Perry faced malice murder and felony murder in addition to armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Perry’s defense attorney believes this case got the right verdict today, due to the lack of physical evidence.

“It feels great! It feels like justice has been served. We think he was falsely charged with these charges and it took over a year to get justice served in this case and we had a great jury and they reached the right verdict in this case,” says Defense Attorney Michael Eddings

Perry has a gang activity charge and is accused of burglary from an unrelated case. Eddings says he hopes his client can reach bail sometime before Christmas.

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