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Murder trial features heightened security

Erick Jackson Erick Jackson
Montell Giddens Montell Giddens

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Extra security surrounds the Dougherty County courtroom where two men are being tried for a gang murder.

19-year-old Erick Jackson and 20-year-old Montell Giddens are charged with gunning down 19-year-old Timothy Murray.

A woman was thrown out of the courtroom Monday for making gang signs.

Sheriff's Deputies are posted at each door to the locked courtroom and several deputies are inside.

Investigators say members of three different gangs started fighting on Rosedale Avenue in November 2007 and bullets starting flying.

Prosecutors say Jackson and Giddens are members of two different gangs, and were shooting at each other when Murray got caught in the crossfire.

Both defendants closed their eyes and turned their heads when prosecutors showed photos of Murray's body.

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