Berwick man found guilty in first degree murder case

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A St. Mary Parish jury found Christopher Horton of Berwick guilty of the first degree murder of Adam Horton.

Jury selection in the case began on Monday, July 14, 2014. Testimony in the case began the following morning. The State rested its case-in-chief on Thursday morning.

The defense rested its case shortly after and the State followed with one witness in rebuttal. The jury examined the evidence introduced by both sides and heard closing arguments Thursday afternoon, retiring to deliberate immediately afterward.

The jury advised the Court that a verdict had been reached approximately forty five (45) minutes later.

The investigation began on September 3, 2007, when authorities were alerted to a smoldering shell of an automobile at Wilson’s boat landing. The vehicle was determined to belong to the victim, Adam Horton, the defendant’s brother.

A check of the victim’s residence at 537 Little Pines Lane in Bayou Vista was conducted by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was located inside his home, bound hand and foot with electrical cords, with a single stab wound to his left upper chest area. Christopher Horton will be sentenced on August 27, 2014.

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