[UPDATE] Final Man Sentenced for Ervin Sharp's Murder

UPDATED 9.20.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Defense attorneys confirm Paul Gaines was sentenced this afternoon to ten years in prison followed by five years probation. Gaines had already entered a no contest plea to second degree murder and other charges.

Gaines agreed to cooperate with the state and wound up testifying against co-defendant Christopher Baity twice. Co-defendants Brian Thompson and Qwaeshun Barrington wound up entering pleas instead of going to trial.

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UPDATED 9.14.2011 by Julie Montanaro

A man accused in a bizarre murder will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Christopher Baity was found guilty of second degree murder this afternoon in the death of Ervin Sharp.

Sharp was runover and killed during a robbery in his own driveway back in January 2010. Sharp was not shot that day. A shot fired in a struggle prompted Sharp's girlfriend to panic and hit the gas.

Three co-defendants have already entered pleas in the case and one of them testified against Baity.

The jury deliberated for seven hours over two days before reaching its verdict this afternoon.

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UPDATED 9.6.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Two men accused in a robbery turned murder are now on their way to prison.

Brian Thompson and Qwaeshun Barrington both entered no contest pleas this morning to second degree murder and attempted robbery in the death of Ervin Sharp.

Prosecutors say a total of four men came to rob Sharp and at some point a gun went off. Sharp was not killed by that gun, but deputies say his panicked girlfriend hit the gas and accidentally ran over him.

All four men were charged with Sharp's murder as a result

Thompson and Barrington were both sentenced to ten years in prison and ten years on probation.

I'm glad they got sentenced and that justice is being served," said Carless Rollins, one of Sharp's fishing buddies. "It should have been more, but ten years is better than nothing."

Sharp was run over and killed in his own driveway off the Wakulla Springs Highway back in January 2010.

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UPDATED 6.29.2011 3:30pm by Julie Montanaro

A jury has reached a verdict in the robbery and murder trial of 36 year old Christopher Baity.

Baity is one of four men accused in the driveway death of Ervin Sharp back in January 2010.

The jury deliberated for about four hours before reaching its verdicts.

Prosecutors say jurors could not come to a decision on the murder charge. The jury was hung on that count, but it found Baity guilty on the rest of the charges: armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and armed burglary.

Baity is set to be sentenced on those charges July 19th. Prosecutors say he faces a mandatory life sentence on those charges because he is a prison releasee reoffender.

Prosecutor Jack Campbell says he has not yet decided whether to refile murder charges against Baity. Campbell says he is not sure yet how today's hung jury could influence the upcoming trials of co-defendants Brian Thompson and Qwaeshun Barrington.

The fourth co-defendant, Paul Gaines, has already entered a plea in the case and agreed to testify against the others.
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UPDATED 6.29.2011 11:55am by Julie Montanaro

The jury is now deliberating in the robbery and murder trial of Christopher Baity.

It started deliberating at 10:50 this morning.

We will keep you posted on a verdict.

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UPDATED 6.29.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Attorneys are making their closing arguments this morning in the robbery and murder trial of Christopher Baity.

The jury could begin deliberating by midday.

We'll keep you posted on a verdict.
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UPDATED 6.28.2011 by Julie Montanaro

One of four men accused in the death of Ervin Sharp is now on trial.

36 year old Christopher Baity is accused of robbery and second degree murder in connection with Sharp's death back in January 2010.

Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases today. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in the morning and the jury could begin deliberating by midday.

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Press Release from Leon County Sheriff's Office

Update: Four Suspects Arrested for the Murder of Ervin Sharp

On Tuesday January 12, 2010, at approximately 11:00p.m., Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to 8859 Wakulla Springs Highway in reference to a physical disturbance with the report of gunshots fired. When deputies arrived Ervin Sharp, DOB: 07/20/55, was found lying on a dirt driveway near his residence. It appeared that Sharp had been struck by a vehicle and was critically injured. Deputies and Emergency Medical Services attempted life-saving measures, however; Sharp died on scene. Preliminary autopsy results indicated that Sharp died as result of blunt trauma caused by being run over by a vehicle.

Violent Crimes, Crime Scene and Traffic Homicide Investigators conducted an intensive criminal investigation into the circumstances which led to the death of Sharp. During the investigation it was discovered that Christopher Baity, Paul Gaines, Brian Thompson and Qwaeshun Barrington went to the victim’s residence for the purpose of robbing him of drugs and money.

As the suspects arrived at the residence they were met by Sharp who was sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle, which was also occupied by his girlfriend, Mary Bollivar. Bollivar was sitting next to Sharp in the driver’s seat. Baity and Thompson, along with Sharp exited their respective vehicles and met at the rear of the vehicle which was still occupied by Bollivar. Once at the rear of the vehicle the suspects, armed with a handgun, attempted to rob Sharp. During the robbery a shot was fired by the suspects, which caused Bollivar to back her vehicle over Sharp as she attempted to flee the area. After the gunshot the suspects fled in their vehicle while Bollivar, who realized she had run over Sharp, contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

Baity, Gaines, Thompson and Barrington are charged with Murder and Robbery with a Firearm. Baity and Gaines were already in the Leon County Jail on robbery charges filed by the Tallahassee Police Department for an unrelated crime. Thompson was located this afternoon and later booked into the Leon County Jail. Barrington is a juvenile and has been booked into the Juvenile Assessment Center. This investigation continues and additional charges may be filed.

We have not been given a picture of the juvenile.


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  • by shaniqua on Sep 18, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    The woman that actually ran over Sharp should have been charged with something. The prosecutor had to re-try the case with a basically all white jury with just one black jury. The defendant had no chance of getting fair justice but I'm sure the NACCP would be glad to look into the unethical and injustice that has been done in this particualar case. White woman doesn't get charged four black men getting charged and convicted... A classic case of racism.
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      by gus on Sep 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to shaniqua
      Of course you would call it racism...since, in your tiny mind, it had nothing to do with the commision of a felony...and all she was doing was trying to save her life. Maybe if you put down the bon-bons and pick up a book, your life would be much, much easier.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to gus
        And you have no idea what you are talking about she was selling DRUGS, last I recall that's a felony as well and Mr. Sharp was a known drug dealer, once again a felony so GUS you have a tiny mind and maybe you should look into the facts before you make such idiotic comments.
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      by Darwin's Reaper on Sep 20, 2011 at 01:05 PM in reply to shaniqua
      Shaniqua, You are an idiot. Love, me.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to Darwin's Reaper
        Idiots are people that make comments and don't know all the facts Mr. Darwin's Reaper! Four men were convicted of a Murder when what seems was a drug transaction that went bad! The white woman and Mr. Sharp were selling drugs, a crime that unfortunately caused a man his life but the woman that was also committing a crime, (a felony I might add) when she ran over her boyfriend is not being charged where is the JUSTICE in that idiot?
  • by DMoney on Sep 7, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    Seems to me prosecutors had to make this deal because of the earlier hung jury for one of the other defendants. That jury could not agree on the murder charge. The law is very clear on this. It was the actions of the robbers that caused the woman to run over and kill her friend. Mr. Sharp would be alive today if 4 scumbags did not attempt to rob him. The law in this case JUSTIFIES the murder charge. This is jury nullification pure and simple. An absolute travesty because "some" members of the jury refused to apply the law cuz it just didn't seem "fair' to them.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 at 09:14 PM
    I love ya Qwaeahun!My heart goes out to you baby boy and iam praying for you!
  • by Tina on Sep 6, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    The crackhead woman should be locked up too.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 at 09:17 PM in reply to Tina
      Amen tina
  • by TallyTalksTrash2 on Sep 6, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Qwaeshun? no wonder you can't live like a normal human.
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    This is for "jessica" many moons-ago! You got nerve! And this is for "mary". You got nerve!
  • by Rita on Jun 28, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    They're all crackheads. Lock the loser woman too!
  • by jessica Location: tallahassee on Feb 23, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    to the person CLAIMING to be mary. i know she didnt write this because honestly she doesnt even use a computer and u got some freakin nerve sayin what ur sayin. charles was her friend and we all loved him very much. you will never know how bad she feels until you are put in a situiation the way she was. what would you do then. would you be scared??? think about what you say before you say it because nobody wants to be in a bad situation like that. the real criminals are the 4 hateful people who came there with the intention to hurt charles.
  • by mary Location: wakulla county on Jan 21, 2010 at 09:13 PM
    no there want be charges agianst me because i told on the boys but little do they know i was getting everything from gains the guy n the middle and i was not n my car we were sitting in the chairs then i went to my car trying to leave when sharpe came behind me so i hit him going in reverse then agian in drive i ldid it because he would have told on me i had to do somthing i left behind suspects them came back to call the police
  • by KITTY Location: WAKULLA on Jan 21, 2010 at 08:45 PM
    GUESS GARFIELD AND ANGEL IS FEELING BAD NOE, BECAUSE THEY PAID A GUY SOME DRUGS 2 DO THE HIT
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