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Verdict Announced in Tallahassee Murder Trial

Five hours of deliberations and defendant James "Roscoe" Brown finds out which way the jury would go. A case that shocked an entire community last summer is finally being brought to somewhat of a close, but not the way family and friends of the victim would have liked.

James "Roscoe" Brown doesn't flinch as the verdict is read. Originally charged with first degree murder, the jury could only agree on a second degree in the shooting death of Carlos Chaires.

Eyvorn Sills, the mother of the victim, says, "I was hoping it would have been first degree, but I'm satisfied with second degree because he'll get 25 years and up. I'm glad about that."

During the trial Brown claimed the incident stemmed from an argument he and Chaires had over some missing marijuana. He denied intentionally shooting Chaires last summer and then shoving his body from a moving vehicle down Adams Street in Tallahassee.

A second degree verdict means the state could not prove the shooting was intentional.

Neill Wade, prosecutor, said, "We spent a lot of time picking a jury...to try to do the right thing. I think they worked really hard. I found no fault with the verdict."

Those who knew Carlos Chaires say the verdict has brought some closure.

Charlie Chaires, father of the victim, says, "He was not only my son, he was my best friend. We came up together, we did everything together. It affected my life a whole lot."

Brown faces a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 25 years behind bars. A sentencing hearing is set for July 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Second degree isn't what they were looking for, but after speaking with the victim's mother, the family is just glad this chapter in their lives is ending.


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