Jury: Suspect in ‘09 shooting death not guilty
by Rachel Davis
Aug 27, 2013 | 3223 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Townley man was found not guilty Friday by a jury of his peers in front of Circuit Judge Jerry Selman.

Nicholus Hall, of Townley, had been charged with murder in the shooting death of Gary Lee Barry Jr. in October 2009.

Hall never denied shooting Barry, saying the man came to his home, confronted him and pulled a firearm after an altercation, allegedly over a girlfriend. Hall said he then shot Barry twice in self-defense.

The first shot hit Barry in the leg/groin area and the second, the fatal shot, struck Barry in the chest.

Barry was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center by personal vehicle, where he was pronounced dead.

According to one of Hall’s attorneys, Greg Ellis, the jury found him not guilty in accordance with the state’s “stand your ground” laws.

Ellis said Hall was originally charged with manslaughter but the charge was then changed to murder.

Hall was represented by Ellis and John Mark Dutton in the trial.