Judge Certifies Charges in Murder Case

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

August 10, 2006

The Charlottesville man who says he killed a man in self-defense will most likely face trial for murder.

A judge certified the charges of second degree murder against Jermaine Thurston. The 22-year-old admits he shot and killed Lamont reeves during a fight on south 1st St. in June. Thurston's lawyer fought to have the charges downgraded to manslaughter.

“I don't believe they even presented probable cause beyond manslaughter and manslaughter is a bad thing and it is in the heat of passion and I think the worst case they have is that,” said Thurston’s defense attorney Debbie Wyatt.

The Commonwealth says the victim was just 5'8" and 167 pounds the night he died and that there was no evidence the defendant tried to retreat or abandon the fight. A trial date will be set later this month.

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