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Doerun man pleads guilty to manslaughter

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DOERUN, GA (WALB) -

A Doerun man waits to find out his sentence after admitting he intentionally ran over his neighbor nearly a year ago.    

Craig Adams was charged with murder, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Those close to the victim believe that's an injustice.

Netarcia Adams and her 10-year-old daughter witnessed Robert Aldridge's death last year.  She says she still thinks about her neighbor who she considered an uncle.

"It was just wrong. No matter how you try to justify it, it was just wrong. You just can't take anybody's life," said Adams.

Adams says every time she walks outside of her West Robinson Avenue home she is reminded of her neighbor's death.

Last May, 45-year-old Robert Aldridge was run over by Craig Adams after the two men argued earlier in the day.

Adams and her daughter both witnessed the crime and could only describe it as horrific.

She fears the site would terrify the daughter, but the two are taking it day by day.

"I ask her every day is she scared and she says she's not. I guess since she knew Mr. Aldridge, but she just asks how can people do stuff like that," said Adams.

Craig Adams was charged with felony and malice murder, but this week he pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, something that doesn't sit well with Netarcia.

"I think he's getting off easy, I'm just going to say it. I really do think that because all of that could have been avoided. People are going to have their differences but that doesn't cause you to take somebody's life," said Netarcia Adams.

Now a community is left to move on with only the memories of Aldridge, who Adams considered to be like an uncle.

"I miss him a lot because things I need done around the house, I would call him. Now, I catch myself calling him, 'poppa', then I realize he's not here," said Adams.

Craig Adams is facing up to 20 years in prison. He will be sentenced in either late May or Early June.

Originally, Adams was also charged with DUI. That has also been dropped.

 

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