DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County jury has returned a verdict in an October 2017 murder case.
Courtland Hughley was found not guilty on malice and felony murder charges.
Hughley was accused of murder and several other charges from an incident that happened during the weekend of Albany State's homecoming.
Zemal Fuentes, 21, was fatally shot last October at the Quality Inn on North Westover.
Kesha Hudson, Fuentes' sister, said the verdict was a hard pill to swallow.
"There were other charges and the ASU top officials still decided to support the defendant. What message is that sending to the students? What message is that sending to the community?" Hudson asked.
Hughley was found guilty of lesser charges including tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects.
Hughley will be sentenced at a later date for those charges.
District Attorney Greg Edwards said the jury decided that in this instance it was an issue of self-defense, although he said you can't claim that while engaging in criminal activities.
"We're reviewing what we will do next in light of this verdict and we will be reviewing things that were learned in this trial and make any decisions about how we're going to proceed with the remaining defendant Mr. Quimbey," Edwards said.
Two other men also face charges in this case.
David Quimbey faces multiple charges, including murder.
Kendravious Web faces a charge for tampering with evidence. According to the indictment, he took the victim's cell phone after the shooting in an attempt to throw off investigators.
The trial picked back up Monday after being delayed for a week.