Coffee Co. man found guilty of felony murder

Coffee Co. man found guilty of felony murder
Walter "Rusty" Wright has been convicted of felony murder for the death of Oletha Brady in 2017.

COFFEE CO., GA (WALB) - A man was found guilty on charges of felony murder Friday in connection to a death in 2017.

According to a press release from the Waycross Judicial Circuit, on that night, Wright called 911 around 1 a.m. claiming Oletha Brady shot herself with his firearm and was unresponsive.

Brady was shot once through the chest. A paramedic who arrived on the scene testified in court saying that Brady was already cool to touch upon her arrival.

When being interviewed by officers, Wright changed his story, according to the release.

This time he claimed that while they were being intimate, his gun, that was attached to his ankle holster, accidentally fired.

A month later, after being interviewed by officers for the third time, Wright changed his story again.

This time he claimed that he was sitting on the floor and realized that his revolver had somehow become cocked. As he attempted to decock it, the firearm accidentally fired, hitting Brady through the chest, according to the release.

After several hours of deliberating in court, the jury acquitted Wright of malice murder and convicted him of felony murder.

“Felony murder simply means causing the death of someone during the commission of a felony, in this case, aggravated assault,” stated District Attorney George Barnhill. “The main difference is ‘malice’, but it is still murder.”

A sentencing hearing will be held on Jan. 30 before Judge Andy Spivey.

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