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Though his story changed several times, and included a self-defense scenario, in his final statement in court Christopher Byers said he didn’t kill anyone.

       After just over an hour of deliberation, a jury found Christopher Byers, 34, guilty on all 14 counts of his indictment including malice and felony murder. Byers was sentenced to life in prison in Pickens County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 6. 

The Gilmer County man was accused of murdering his friend Ray Walnoha, also of Gilmer, in 2014 at a Cove Road residence in Pickens.  

The verdict came after five full days of trial, which included testimony from Byers’s friend Arnold Griffith who said he was present when Byers killed Walnoha at Griffith’s Cove Road property. According to Griffith, 59, he helped Byers hide the body in a shallow grave in the woods near his house. In exchange for his testimony, murder charges were dropped against Griffith who served one year for concealing a death, tampering with evidence, and abandonment of a body. He has since been released from jail. 

     See full story including details of the trial in this week's print or online editions. 

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Justice!
-1 #1 Justice! 2018-08-09 07:08
Hahahahahahahah ahahahahahahaha hahahaha. Loser!
Enjoy prison. Hahahahahahahah ahahahahahahaha haha.
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DEVGRU101
-2 #2 DEVGRU101 2018-08-09 13:03
One down one to go. Gasbag Griffith could of called 911 or even taken him to the hospital, but no he did neither. A civil wrongful death suit is the way to go. 22 years probation is not enough for this [section deleted].SAD.
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Justice!
-2 #3 Justice! 2018-08-10 07:04
Quoting DEVGRU101:
One down one to go. Gasbag Griffith could of called 911 or even taken him to the hospital, but no he did neither. A civil wrongful death suit is the way to go. 22 years probation is not enough for this [section deleted].SAD.


The D.A. needs to be voted out of office for offering that plea, that's for sure. The judge that accepted that plea must also be removed from the bench. All that plea shows is that human life means little to nothing to anyone these days. Assisting a murderer conceal a body, clean blood, and watch a man twitching to death (see newspaper report pf crime), mandates death penalty or life in prison. But one year? Come on, people! Vote all incumbents out of office. PERIOD!
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