AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The jury in an Americus murder and rape trial quickly reached a verdict, about midday Thursday.
Timothy Myrick faced nine counts total, in the strangulation and drowning Clifford Jones, Sr. Other charges stemmed from an alleged rape and kidnapping of a then 26-year-old woman.
Myrick was found guilty on all counts. The jury took just 44 minutes to return their verdict.
He was sentenced to two life terms, without a chance of parole, one for murder and one for rape. Then 80 more years for other charges.
He told the court after sentencing: “You can lock up my body, but you can not lock up my mind. It will be free forever...”
The rape victim told District Attorney Lewis Lamb that she was finally relieved that Myrick was going to prison.
Opening statements began with District Attorney Lewis Lamb addressing jurors Tuesday morning and described how the incidents of May 19, 2016 began.
Ed Cannington, Myrick’s attorney, told the jury that gang violence, out of Myrick’s control, played a role in the incidents that unfolded in the 2016 incident.