Haney, Jackson found guilty in Fayetteville Applebee’s murder case
Gregory Haney, Jr. (left) and Ledarious Jawon Jackson (right) have been found guilty on murder and armed robbery charges. (Special photo)

Haney, Jackson found guilty in Fayetteville Applebee’s murder case

Gregory Haney, Jr. (left) and Ledarious Jawon Jackson (right) have been found guilty on murder and armed robbery charges. (Special photo)
Gregory Haney, Jr. (left) and Ledarious Jawon Jackson (right) have been found guilty on murder and armed robbery charges. (Special photo)

The family of slain Fayetteville Applebee’s manager Gregory Smith shed tears of sorrow and joy late Tuesday evening as a jury came back with quick guilty verdicts for both Gregory Haney, Jr. and Ledarius Jawon Jackson, the men charged in Smith’s June 7, 2015 murder.

Haney and Jackson were both declared guilty of Malice Murder, Felony Murder and Armed Robbery. Sentencing by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Update: Fayetteville Applebee’s murder trial has begun

The trial against two men suspected of killing Fayetteville Applebee’s restaurant manager Gregory Smith last summer began in Fayette County Superior Court Monday morning where prosecutors and defense attorneys spent most of the morning and afternoon picking a jury.

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Friends and relatives of slain Fayetteville Applebee’s manager Gregory Smith placed flowers in the parking space where Smith was shot to death in the driver’s seat of his car. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

That jury was seated just before 4 p.m. and heard about 70 minutes of opening arguments from Assistant District Attorney David McDade before the court recessed for (more…)

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Applebee’s murder suspects to stand trial March 14

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Flowers left in memory of slain Applebee’s manager Gregory Smith remained for weeks in the parking space where he died. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

Fayette County Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams has set the trial date for murder defendants Gregory Haney, Jr. and Ledarius Jawon Jackson as Monday, March 14.

Haney and Jackson stand accused in the early-morning, June 7, 2015 armed robbery and murder of Fayetteville Applebee’s restaurant manager Gregory Smith. The pair are scheduled to be tried together.

According to police reports, Smith had left the restaurant at 2:58 a.m. that Sunday. He apparently was walking to (more…)

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