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Ethan Chic-Colbert Found Guilty Of Child Neglect Resulting In Death Of Jahlil Clements
Reported by: Rachael Tarr
Web Producer: Rachael Tarr
Reported: Jul. 9, 2012 9:36 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 11, 2012 9:28 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Ethan Chic-Colbert has been found guilty on charges of child neglect resulting in the death of 11-year-old Jahlil Clements. He was also found guilty on three other charges of child neglect creating the risk of injury for the other children in the car the night Clements died. In addition, Chic-Colbert was found guilty of domestic battery for beating Jahlil's mom.
Jahlil died along I-77 in March after being hit by a car. He was trying to flag down help for his mother, who prosecutors say was being beaten and who had been dragged into the interstate by Chic-Colbert, the father of her youngest son. Jahlil's little brother and two young friends were also in the car.
When the trial started, Chic-Colbert was facing felony murder and kidnapping charges but Judge Duke Bloom ruled today that the prosecution didn't meet the burden of proof under the kidnapping statute, so that charge was dropped. Without the kidnapping charge, Chic-Colbert couldn't be charged with felony murder because that is defined as murder during the commission of a felony.
Jurors deliberated for a little more than an hour before finding Colbert guilty of the other charges. He faces up to 31 years in prison.
New developments in the Kanawha County murder and kidnapping trial of Ethan Chic-Colbert.
The judge threw out the kidnapping charge against Chic-Colbert, citing not enough evidence. In turn, Chic-Colbert can not be convicted of felony murder.
The trial is continuing for the child neglect, and domestic battery charges.
Chic-Colbert is accused of beating his girlfriend, Lynitrah Woodson, while their car was stopped on the interstate last March.
Woodson's 11-year-old son, Jahlil Clements, was hit by a car and died when he ran out into the road trying to flag down someone to help.
Chic-Colbert will be the defense's only witness. He took the stand around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
He still faces 31 years in prison, if convicted of the other charges.
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