Gray Guilty on all Counts

by Wes Mayer

After deliberating for more than three hours Friday, a Coweta Superior Court jury found Willie Autrey Gray guilty on all four counts of child molestation and all eight counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Hearing the verdict, Judge Emory Palmer sentenced Gray to 80 years, with 50 to serve in prison. On Friday, both Assistant District Attorney Kevin McMurry and Gray’s defense attorney, William D. Smith, presented their closing arguments to the jury, and around 11:15 a.m., the jury began to deliberate.

Around 4 p.m., with an hour lunch break, the jury reached their verdict and found Gray guilty on all twelve counts.



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