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Jury deliberates nearly 4 hours before finding Mamou man guilty of second-degree murder


LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A Lake Charles jury deliberated for nearly four hours before finding a 26-year-old Mamou man guilty of murder.

The American Press reports ( ) the jury found Ceaser James Williams guilty of second-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated property damage in the May 31, 2011, shooting death of 32-year-old Cory Demond Thomas of Westlake.

Williams will be sentenced to mandatory life in prison when Judge Michael Canaday sentences him on Oct. 10.

Prosecutors said Thomas was selling wet — a PCP dipped cigarette — to Tracey Williams when Ceaser Williams shot him once in the face, then twice more as he ran. The Williamses are cousins.

One of the bullets traveled through a wall, striking a woman in the foot, resulting in the aggravated battery and aggravated property damage charges.

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