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Criminal Law Keyed to Weaver
Everritt v. Georgia
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Raymond Everritt (Defendant), John McDuffie, James Weeks, and Roosevelt Cox agreed to burn down a service station owned by Defendant to collect insurance proceeds. McDuffie, Weeks, and Cox set the fire, but Defendant’s insurance company refused to cover the loss. Cox began complaining to friends that Defendant had promised $1,500 to start the fire, but was refusing to pay. Concerned that Cox would expose the conspiracy, McDuffie killed Cox with an axe three months after the service station burned down. Weeks and McDuffie disposed of Cox’s body. Nearly nine years later, Defendant, McDuffie, and Weeks were arrested and charged with Cox’s murder. McDuffie died before trial, and Weeks pled guilty. At Defendant’s trial, Weeks testified that Defendant gave McDuffie a new set of tires to disguise McDuffie’s truck from the one used to dispose of Cox’s body and told Weeks to keep quiet about the murder. Defendant was convicted for murder and moved for a directed verdict.
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