By REGGIE ROSS
A Grenada man was set free following a not guilty verdict on a murder charge in circuit court Thursday.
A Grenada County Jury only took 10 minutes to find Gregory Meeks, 46, not guilty in connection with the 2016 stabbing death of Floyd Golliday.
Tarik Johnson and Neal Marlow, attorneys for Meeks, said reasonable doubt led to the verdict.
“What happened was unfortunate and tragic,” said Johnson. “But Mr. Meeks has always told us he was innocent of this, and has always maintained his innocence.”
Golliday was found stabbed inside a home on Bell Street in February 2016 and died hours later at a Jackson hospital.
During testimony by Dr. Mark LeVaughn, the state’s chief medical examiner, said Golliday had been stabbed 17 times. On the night of the stabbing, officers discovered Golliday lying on a couch covered in blood. According to testimony, Golliday was still alive at the time and did not tell officers who assaulted him.
When police arrived, they found Meeks inside the home, but he testified that he had returned to the house to find Golliday in that condition.
A knife was found at the scene, but according to Marlow, the turning point of the trial involved the weapon used.
“That was a key for me. While preparing for this trial I could tell so many things were not done,” Marlow said. “It was clear to me that another person was responsible for this.”
A knife was discovered behind a deep freezer in the kitchen.
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