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Man Convicted of Savannah Teen's Murder

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A jury has convicted Willie Everett Moss, 21, in the 2011 shooting death of a Savannah teen.

Prosecutors said on the evening of March 5, 2011, 19 year old Rashmel Young and his brother, 17 year old Dennis Harding, were at a restaurant on Capital Street picking up a to-go order of food.

While chatting outside, prosecutors said Willie Moss and 20 year old Javonte Wright tried to sell the brothers drugs.

When the pair declined, authorities said that Moss and Wright got into a dark green Chevrolet Camaro and drove away.

Minutes later, as Young and Harding walked to their grandmother's house on Utah Street, they encountered the same Chevrolet Camaro.

As the car passed the brothers, Moss fired six shots from a .45 caliber handgun, prosecutors said.

Young was struck three times and a neighboring house was hit once.

Harding, who was not hurt, called 911 for help.

By the time emergency crews reached them, Young was already dead.

"Through Harding's excellent description to the 911 operators and police, as well as neighbors that witnessed the crime, the State, represented by ADA Christy Barker, was able to secure a conviction on all counts in this case," said Daniel Baxter, spokesman for the District Attorney's Office.

Moss is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, September 20th in front of Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley.

Javonte Wright spent more than a year and a half behind bars after the shooting.

Wright had also been facing a murder charge before it was eventually dropped.

But after being indicted by a the Grand Jury, then Chief Assistant District Attorney David Perry submitted a petition which said it was in the "best interest of Justice" that the charges be dropped.

Wright's lawyer, Greg Crawford, told WSAV at the time that his client was an innocent bystander and that prosecutors never had any evidence against him.

The former prosecutor in that case, Assistant District Attorney Melanie Higgins, was found in contempt of court for failing to provide pre-trial discovery.

Higgins has since retired from the District Attorney's Office.

 

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