A jury today convicted 55-year-old Thomas E. Sessions Jr. of LaGrange of murder and aggravated assault in the 2013 shooting death of 21-year-old Douglas Cameron.
Troup County Superior Court Judge A. Quillian Baldwin sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“I think justice was served, and the jury reached the right verdict,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney Monique Kirby, who prosecuted the case.
Sessions was convicted of shooting Cameron after he refused to sell him cocaine in the early morning hours of Aug. 9, 2013, on the 200 block of Brown Street in LaGrange. After Cameron refused to sell him drugs, the prosecution successfully convinced a jury of 12 Troup County residents that Sessions went to his home, retrieved and loaded a shotgun and returned to shoot Cameron in cold blood.
The defense claimed Sessions shot Cameron in self defense – a motive jurors didn’t buy.
“The people of Troup County have spoken – they’ve said what they will and won’t tolerate in our community,” said LaGrange police detective Jeremy Jones, the prosecuting officer in the case.
Read LaGrange Daily News in print tomorrow for full coverage of the trial, including summaries of the closing arguments, trial highlights, a post-trial interview with a juror and photographs from the courtroom.