Jury finds Greensboro man not responsible of taking pictures dying in 2018 | crime
GREENSBORO – A jury found a Greensboro man not guilty Tuesday for shooting another man in an apartment in 2018.
Edward Neely Jr. had been charged with killing 51-year-old Ronald Lee Barham in the Summit Station apartments. On Tuesday he was found not guilty of first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to cause serious injury, said Neely’s attorney Brandon Goldsborough.
“He acted in self-defense,” said Goldsborough after the verdict. “He was actually the victim of an attack.”
The shooting occurred shortly after Neely arrived at the apartment at 3203 Orange St. on February 8, 2018, Goldsborough said.
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The people in the apartment were drinking and using drugs, Goldsborough said, and a brawl broke out. Barham and another man, Curtis Allison Jr., approached Neely and “Ed had to use his gun,” Goldsborough said. At the time, his client had neither been drinking nor using drugs, he added.
Barham was shot once and Allison was injured in the shootout. Allison was treated and released from hospital after the shooting.
Neely left the apartment after the shooting and was arrested about 10 days later after a lead from Crime Stoppers directed the police to his location at the Shell petrol station at 2906 S. Elm-Eugene St.