by Tashun Chism
Yesterday, a Lufkin jury found Rodney Cearley guilty of the 1999 murder of Michael Grimes. Cearley had admitted that he killed grimes, but said he did it in self-defense.
Cearley was accused of murdering Grimes in Angelina County in 1999 after an alleged fight between the two. Wednesday, Cearley's defense called several witnesses to the stand who said Grimes was known for his short temper. Neither Grimes' body nor the alleged murder weapon have ever been found. Today the jury spend all day listening to evidence from more wintnesses. One witness tesitifed that Cearley tried to kill her in 2005. Other witnesses portrayed Cearley as a good person and a caring father.
"I hope he gets the least punishment. I don't think he deserves to go to prison at all, because I know that he's a very good person and I believe that it was self defense. I believe everybody has the right to defend themself," said Angie Hodges, Cearley's stepdaughters.
The jury was unable to come to a decision today, so the sentencing phase will continue Monday.