Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jury Convicts 1, Acquits Another in Marijuana Deal Shooting

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 3:55 PM

click to enlarge Arcata  police officers at the scene of the May 9, 2015, shooting of Trevor Mark Harrison. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Arcata police officers at the scene of the May 9, 2015, shooting of Trevor Mark Harrison.
Two years after a 38-year-old Arcata resident was shot to death in what officials say was a marijuana deal gone bad, a jury has found one man guilty of second degree murder but acquitted another on all charges.

Billy Joe Giddings was convicted in the death Trevor Mark Harrison, who was shot in his mother’s home on the 2000 block of Eastern Avenue, in Arcata, late on the evening of May 9, 2015. He died later at the hospital.

Giddings and his co-defendant Robert Louis Huntzinger, who had faced the same murder and weapons-related charges, were arrested separately a few days after Harrison’s death.
The two men had been engaged in a marijuana deal with Harrison’s mother when her son was shot.

The verdict was returned on Tuesday after more than two days of deliberations following a seven day trial covered extensively by the Lost Coast Outpost’s Rhonda Parker, whose coverage of the case can be found here.

Giddings now faces a sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutor Roger Rees said in an email to the Journal that Huntzinger still faces charges in three other felony cases and is due back in court July 6 for a preliminary hearing in those matters.
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