Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jury Deliberating St. Marys Slaying

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jury Deliberating St. Marys Slaying

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HAZLEHURST -- The jury began deliberations yesterday in the

murder trial of two Camden County men accused in the shooting

death of a 16-year-old St. Marys girl on Valentine's Day in

1995.

Alan Carper took the witness stand and testified he lied to

authorities about where the gun that later was identified as the

weapon that killed Amanda McCaig came from. He said he lied to

protect a friend.

But Carper said everything else he told authorities was the

truth and denied killing McCaig.

Carper originally told police he did not know where the gun

that killed McCaig came from; he later testified that he had

arranged for his roommate to sell the gun to co-defendant Jason

Fetty. He said he lied because he was told by authorities that

whoever sold the .380 semiautomatic pistol to the suspect in the

crime also could be charged with murder.

Fetty and Carper, both 19, face life in prison if convicted of

malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and burglary

charges.

Anthony Harrison, Fetty's attorney, yesterday said Carper

actually was the triggerman, and he said Carper blamed Fetty for

the shooting as his only defense.

Harrison asked Carper how Charles Nolan, a convicted felon

serving a 20-year prison sentence and a key witness for Fetty's

defense, knew specific details about the crime that never were

reported in the media. Nolan testified last week.

When testifying, Nolan said Carper told him details of the

crime, such as how the double French doors at McCaig's house

were kicked in and how investigators were unable to find shell

casings the day of the shooting. According to Harrison, Carper

also told friend Mike Sprinkle, who also testified, that McCaig

had been shot, once at long range and once at close range.

Carper yesterday testified he never told Nolan he killed McCaig

and never said he felt guilty that Fetty was in jail for a crime

he didn't commit. …

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