Jury finds shooter not guilty of murder

Full story: The Times-Herald

Just moments before a mistrial was about to be declared by Judge Jack Kirby, a Coweta County Superior Court jury that had declared itself hopelessly deadlocked all day Friday found Adam Lee Edmondson not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Chris Johnson on March 31, 2012, at Newnan's Corner Tavern.
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Sep 22, 2012
 
Thats Great!
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When a man comes on to another man's girlfriend,and doesn't back off like a gentleman when asked. Comes back the second night purposely hiding a gun, he has "intent". He made his intent clear when he came on to the same man's girlfriend again refusing to back off. Why was he found not guilty. He was white, with an all white jury, a white judge, a white prosecutor. The man he shot was black with a white girlfriend. Taboo in this county even though it runs rampant. Yes I am white but I can see the racism in this.
This man will ultimately pay for his crime, he left a child without a father for no reason other than he didn't like seeing a white girl with a black man. Chris Johnson was a descent young man, and a good father.
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"Decent young man" is kinda far fetched for someone known with a street rep as a gang banger and drug dealer.
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Whether the man had a "street rep" of being a gang banger &/or drug dealer, I don't feel the loss of his life is any more tragic. I don't know all the details but I did work with Chris years ago & he seemed like a very nice young man. This is a tragedy for both families. Noone has the right to judge either side until you know ALL the facts. Hearsay doesn't count as facts either. I am curious to know how the man was found not guilty when he shot him in a crowded bar??
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Sep 26, 2012
 
I meant any less tragic in the above post
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Chris was NOT in a gang nor did he sell drugs that is crazy not all black men are like that. Chris was a good man and OUR son didn't to deserve lose his father!!! RiP to my sons father!
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Res2 wrote:
"Decent young man" is kinda far fetched for someone known with a street rep as a gang banger and drug dealer.
Yeah, well whoever you are , ypu obviously didn't know Chris at all, so your snare comment can find its self in a room of bull$*I+

I have been friends with Chris for 12 years and we were very close, and I'd put my life on it that he never touched any drug except for alcohol and that was only a small short time, because he was too good for that, and as far as being a gang banger,...
No , just because a man can defend himself and his friends and never be beaten does not make him a gangbanger....
He was never in a gang, and never needed anyone to help him.
No one is bullet proof, we know this, but it takes a real small man to test the bull and then like a coward, shoot him after you started the confrontation,...

This has racist written all over it, and I pray to god everyday that he handles this situation however he sees best fit.

Back in the old times, it was an eye for an eye, a hand for stealing, a life for a life.

Oh how we need that back., its clear that there will never be peace in this world, because whether a leader or a regular person, their will always be hatred, jealousy, and wrecklessness.

I know Chris had no intention to kill Adam and unfortunately I missed being there to see my best friend taken by a coward who started the problem to begin with due to my own family loss.

And by the way ,he has 3 sons, who are now fatherless!

Not guilty for anything after killing a man, il remember that if I.ever have to.go to court on anything anywhere near this type of matter, because I will bring the law down on the victim/defendant or the government whichever needs the lesson learned.

And by the way I'm white too

Like the old saying goes "Keep your words silenced of they have no purpose.!"

Thanks and gave a good day.

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Newnan, GA

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Nov 2, 2012
 
GUNS
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Obviously the video that the jury seen showed that the white guy was acting in self defense. And as far as three kids being fatherless ,they were most likely fatherless anyway . 80 PERCENT OF BLACK KIDS ARE YOU KNOW.
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Nov 3, 2012
 
HAYMAKER wrote:
Obviously the video that the jury seen showed that the white guy was acting in self defense. And as far as three kids being fatherless ,they were most likely fatherless anyway . 80 PERCENT OF BLACK KIDS ARE YOU KNOW.
yea it's a lot of black kids with out fathers but most white males n females either kill there kids r kill themselves after they kill the kids since we are on stats everybody always talking bout black ppl n whAt they do n don't but white ppl are just as nasty poor in gangs tell lies kill ppl n represent there selves n bad ways as much as ppl claim black ppl do only difference is white ppl get away with more check those stats as well so me personally i really wish ppl would stay off color cause neither one is better then the other
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No doubt there is a such thing as white trash as that girl he was with must have been trashy. And if you claim that one is not better than the other just look at African countries and their lack of progression compared to European nations. Those dang blue gums can't even build a proper house yet,live in mud huts and screw like animals with no way to even feed their offspring. I guess since none of them have jobs they just stay in their mud hut and screw all day while they wait on sympathetic white people to send some food.
How long does it take to figure out you can't grow food in the sand very well! Starvation is mother natures way of telling you HEY,THIS LAND CAN ONLY SUSTAIN SO MANY PEOPLE! STOP SCREWIN OR MOVE TO MORE FERTILE LAND!
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sickness runs in families for generations. You are without doubt a person born from hundreds of years of bigetry, hatred, domination and ultimately fear. Your comments are of no intelligence. You could only live in Coweta because it is tollerated here. You a very sick person. I have found that in the south, white trash lives in mansions and drives expensive cars. White trash applies to a person's mentality. Take a look at how the south is compared to the rest of the states and it is no wonder this murderer is running free.
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No doubt there is a such thing as white trash as that girl he was with must have been trashy. And if you claim that one is not better than the other just look at African countries and their lack of progression compared to European nations. Those dang blue gums can't even build a proper house yet,live in mud huts and screw like animals with no way to even feed their offspring. I guess since none of them have jobs they just stay in their mud hut and screw all day while they wait on sympathetic white people to send some food.
How long does it take to figure out you can't grow food in the sand very well! Starvation is mother natures way of telling you HEY,THIS LAND CAN ONLY SUSTAIN SO MANY PEOPLE! STOP SCREWIN OR MOVE TO MORE FERTILE LAND!
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Nov 7, 2012
 
My comments are void of intelligence yet everything I said is true. Can you honestly say that farming practices and progression in Africa is really on par with the rest of the world? Those people are tribal just as the middle eastern people are. Since political correctness came to be it has been a sin to tell the truth about one race or the other regardless of whether it is true or not.
Guess what. Blacks are in general jump higher , run faster and dance better than most white people. Whites are generally more intelligent than blacks and therefor we are a more progressed people.
Seems to me the tribal nature of the black man came out of him and he is dead for it plain and simple.
You could reverse your comment and it would apply to other parts of the country. Oj walked free didn't he?
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Nov 7, 2012
 
Wow, there is a lot of stupidity going on after my comment.
First of all who cares about statistics of smart ,not smart, run, jump, dance, learn, whatever,,.......

Put your self in my best friends shoes get shot and die.

Let your family witness the man who killed you go free, and see what you say then..
And if you still say the same thing you are either lying or just ignorant of the value of human life.

Is the death penalty right? Is abortion right...

Hmmmm well that's a whole other world of loss in our world.
Mother nature or god or whoever controls population, whether its by them reproducing and dying because of.starvation or monster hurricanes and storms killing hundreds and thousands..

Doesn't matter....

Life is a gift in any situation, you either find a way to survive or don't

If I was too weak to survive or my parents couldn't feed me and I died then I guess I wasn't meant to be.

And by the way he was a father to all three of his children.
And did spend much time with them when he wasn't busting his ass working. None the less that's not the point, put yourself on the other side of this and yourself in this same situation and let your mind evolve on the feelings you will indeed start to have.
Let someone rape your mother and walk away free, or your little sister or kill your father, brother, or best friend for intervening in a situation like this And let the person who killed them free. With nothing but a little time served and see how you feel.
Again have a good day
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Nov 7, 2012
 
Oh don't fool yourself, they would walk away free but not for long.
And let me guess,he never married any of the women that bore his children? Then again that is just another stereotype , right?
Pistol Pete

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Nov 8, 2012
 
I have not heard much about this since the trial was over,does anyone have any honest insight as to what was going thru the jury's mind when they found that guy not guilty ? Was it a sorry prosecution ,video evidence or what?
The Flow Master

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Nov 8, 2012
 
No haymaker , he didnt marry any of the woman who he had children with, first of all what does that matter?? I can count 20 woman off the top of my head who are great and got inpregnated by white men and even have white babies... that guess what didnt marry the guy that gave them the baby.... well geez look at that,..

apparently it is clear that you are one of those over arrogant know it alls that ,is most likely racist based off of the great facts and statistics about just how sorry black people are,,,, guess what ,, we have a black president, how does that make you feel???

whether he is mixed, black, hawaiian , spanish, muslim, whatever his skin complexion isnt white and he is the president of the united states of america..

would you look at that..
we have a president that isnt white, and white people voted for him just like black people did.
Stop turning this into something that it is not.
Clearly yor trying to stand up for a white man tat killed someone and you think its ok, and you clearly said you would take action if soemone did your family or friends harm and got away with it..

The topic of this posting was to let people vent on why some idiotic jury would let a man who killed someone free. without nothing but time served since the whole incedent happened earlier this year.

Not for you or any other person to try and argue the fact of who is smarter than the other and all of that garbage you mentioned in your ealrier posts.

I do apologize if anything I have written offends you or makes you upset or makes you think i just love typing.

Your opinions of black people being less developed than whites, is purely not needed in any of this discussion.

What if you and a black man were in a burning building and he saved your life? Would you let him save you or tell him to leave you behind because he is not smart enough to save you.

I dont know,

An old chinese saying goes, as many similar to it.

"If your words have no purpose, keep them in your mind."

Pistol Pete

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Nov 8, 2012
 
Someone tell me why this so called "idiotic jury" let the guy off. Come on ,he had 12 jurors that heard or seen something? Surely you did not have 12 old white Grand Dragons of the kkk on the jury that found the man not guilty simply because the accused was white and the deceased was black? What was the evidence that let this guy walk?
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Nov 11, 2012
 
OK, I guess the guy that was shot really was the aggressor since no one wants to say why this gut was found innocent .
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Nov 11, 2012
 
Supposedly insufficient evidence, I wasn't able to be at the court during the trial due to work, but the video actually didn't show much of anything because of the angle of the camera.
It was based off of the witnesses for the most part and the jury pretty much just assuming that the big black guy was just being a bully.

Even though the guy that brought the gun started the fight the very next day after already having a confrontation with Chris the night before and stating "he had something for Chris in the car.".

Adam Saturday night prior to the shooting was ejected from 2 others places of business for being too rowdy.
Then comes back to the same bar he had a confrontation at the night before, messes with the exact same girl to provoke the exact same guy.

I really don't see how this was not prosecuted atleast for something over nothing.
Was Chris going to kill Adam, No
Hit him a few times, I'm sure.
Does that make it right to kill him? I think not.
If Chris came up and started problems for no reason at all, I could understand fear of life.
But he didn't, Adam provoked him by bothering his gf.
Sounds like a pre planned attack. And definitely premeditated.
Should Chris have assaulted the guy.. No
Should the guy messed with the same girl twice after being told to leave her alone by herself and others. No
That sounds a bit like harassment,
I do hope this is taken to a federal court and tried for something.
Because it is really sickening to let someone go who did a terrible thing and have no consequences at all.

If you have to carry a gun for protection In a city with hardly any real street violence or robberies then maybe you should stay at home if your not man enough to handle your own.
Get a baseball bat of you need something.

Don't be a pussy with a gun in your hand.

Just saying, if you have a problem and it needs to be settled physicallly , then maybe you should take self defense classes or learn to fight.

Because taking the easy way out is just yet another thing in this world that people do a little too often.

So to sum it up Pete, not enough evidence and witnesses apparently didn't get to tell their full story because most likely the defense cornered them into a bad yes or no question that let out no detail And made Chris look bad.

Thanks if that helps.

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