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Jury delivers guilty verdict in Fitzgerald lottery murder trial

Craigory Burch was killed in January 2016 (Source: GA Lottery) Craigory Burch was killed in January 2016 (Source: GA Lottery)
Rosalyn Swain began to get emotional and agitated (Source: WALB) Rosalyn Swain began to get emotional and agitated (Source: WALB)
Dabrentis Overstreet in court (Source: WALB) Dabrentis Overstreet in court (Source: WALB)
Leslie Collins, Burch's mother in 2016 (Source: WALB) Leslie Collins, Burch's mother in 2016 (Source: WALB)
These people were arrested in this case (Source: Ben Hill Sheriff) These people were arrested in this case (Source: Ben Hill Sheriff)
FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) -

On Friday, a jury found Dabrentis Overstreet guilty on all charges in the murder trial of Craigory Burch.

Prosecutors said Overstreet killed Burch just months after Burch won hundreds of thousands of dollars in a lottery game.

Overstreet was found guilty on the following 14 charges:

  1. Malice murder 
  2. Felony murder
  3. Aggravated assault
  4. Home invasion
  5. Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act
  6. Armed robbery
  7. Armed robbery
  8. Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act
  9. Aggravated assault
  10. Aggravated assault
  11. Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  12. Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  13. Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  14. Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony

Overstreet's sentencing will be held in the next couple of weeks when the judge has availability. 

More on his trial:
+Testimonies continue in lottery murder trial
+Jurors hear testimonies in day three of lottery murder trial

+Surveillance video forefront of Thursday's testimony in murder trial

Nathaniel Baker was the first person who went to trial for this case. He was found guilty and convicted in February. Baker was sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole, plus five years, and a $100,000 dollar fine.

Wayan Malik Jordan was found guilty in March on all 14 charges he faced in the death of Burch. Jordan was sentenced to life in prison, an additional life sentence and 15 years, all to be served consecutively.

Jury deliberations began around 5:30 p.m. Friday evening. 

Prosecuting D.A. Brad Rigby said that Overstreet and seven others killed Burch in January of 2016, shortly after Burch won $400,000 in the Georgia Lottery.

Emotions were high in the Ben Hill County Superior Court on Friday morning, in the trial of the murder of the former lottery winner. During closing arguments, two people started yelling and were thrown out of the courtroom.

The woman who claims she was a getaway driver broke down in tears, in front of the jury. 

Rosalyn Swain, the girlfriend of Overstreet, took the stand Friday.  She's one of the other people facing murder charges in the case.

Over the past week, her name has been brought up several times in court. 

She told jurors Friday she lied the first time she met with investigators, but eventually told them the truth. She said she is telling the truth in the trial now because it's the right thing to do. 

Swain told jurors she was with Overstreet the night of the murder and testified that Overstreet instructed her to do several things that night. She said she did everything he said, out of fear of what he would do to her if he didn't.

Eventually, he called her to pick him and another person up, after Overstreet committed the crime.

She said he was carrying a big gun, and told the court that Overstreet said he shot Burch nine times. She even went into specifics, testifying Overstreet told her he shot Burch in the chest and knee.

Swain began to get emotional and extremely agitated when defense attorney Nick White began questioning her.

Judge T. Christopher Hughes stepped in one time to tell her to simply answer those questions as best she could.

The defense went through letters that Overstreet had written her in prison.  They appeared to be love letters, with language about how Overstreet still loved her, even though she messed up.

Swain said she took the letters as threats.  She began to cry when the defense asked her about why she didn't tell police the 'truth' the first time

White continued to question her and she began to break down into tears. She said she's tired of the trials and begged Overstreet to confess about what he did.

Many people in the crowd, including Burch's mother, ran out in tears. 

Overstreet himself, stayed calm, though he seemed to move around a lot in his seat, something he had not done until Friday.

Swain is currently out of jail on bond. 

Closing arguments in the case began at 2:30 p.m on Friday. 

More on this story:
+Community holds candlelight vigil for killed lottery winner
+7 arrested in lottery winner murder
+Seven indicted in lottery winner murder case
+Lottery winner's accused killers remain in jail
+Jordan murder trial begins jury selection ?
+Second verdict in Fitzgerald lottery murder case handed down

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