Charges stem from 2011 New Year's Eve stabbing

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 05:05 PM.

CHIPLEY — Tears and solemn hugs set the mood at the Washington County Courthouse when Lawrence Brown was found not guilty of the attempted murder in the second-degree in the Dec. 31, 2011, stabbing of Micah Taylor.

Brown, 61, a Holmes County resident, was accused of stabbing Taylor multiple times following an altercation.

The jury, which was comprised of two men and four women, took about 90 minutes to come to a verdict.

The jury could have found Brown guilty of lesser charges such as attempted murder in the third-degree or aggravated assault, but they returned a not guilty verdict instead.

Taylor eventually recovered from the attack and was one of the prosecution's witnesses. Brown did not testify during the trial.

Assistant State Attorney Shalla Jefcoat told the jurors in her closing arguments that Brown had stabbed Taylor from behind while Taylor fought with Caleb Brown, who was also at the scene.

“I want to thank you for the way you conducted yourself in court, and in total,” said 14th Judicial District Court Judge Chris Patterson, who presided over the three-day trial. “I appreciate the way you conducted yourself and the way the gallery conducted themselves during the trial.”



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