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Jury reaches verdict in double murder trial

After a week and a half in court, the jury has reached a verdict in a double murder trial. (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office) After a week and a half in court, the jury has reached a verdict in a double murder trial. (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office)
D. A. Greg Edwards (Source: WALB) D. A. Greg Edwards (Source: WALB)
Attorney Rick Collum (Source: WALB) Attorney Rick Collum (Source: WALB)
Williams and Davis were gunned down in a hail of bullets in 2013 (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff) Williams and Davis were gunned down in a hail of bullets in 2013 (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

After a week and a half in court, the jury has reached a verdict in a double murder trial.

Jurors have found Jawaski Kennedy, 22, guilty on counts of street gang terrorism and conspiracy of aggravated assault.

He was found not guilty on the other 24 counts, including murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Kennedy is one of five men associated with the Westside Rattlers gang accused of firing as many as 50 shots on Willard Avenue at the homes of Southside Bloods gang members in 2013. William Davis Junior and Desmond Williams were both killed.

"This mixed verdict is kind of unusual but I can only guess what they were thinking about," said D. A. Greg Edwards.

Jawaski Kennedy is one of five men associated with the Westside Rattlers gang accused of firing as many as 50 shots on Willard Avenue at the homes of Southside Bloods gang members in 2013.

Even though he was acquitted on many counts, District Attorney Edwards stands his ground.  "We believe there was sufficient evidence of all of the counts."

Defense attorney Rick Collum says everyone did their job. "My client still contends that he's innocent of the conspiracy charge and the gang charge but the jury made the decision that he was not guilty on all the murder charges and we abide by that."

Kennedy will be sentenced on November 22, and Collum says he's not yet sure if Kennedy will want to appeal the two convictions.

Kennedy's time behind bars is now in the hands of the judge. He could face up to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors expect to try the other four suspects later.

MORE: Jury deliberates in double murder trial

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