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Lackey found guilty

COVINGTON - Following two days of testimony and arguments in the case, a Newton County jury found Steven Bernard Lackey guilty Thursday of the murder of Larry Richardson Jr.

In addition to charges of malice murder and felony murder, the jury also found Lackey, 26, guilty of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. The jury acquitted him of tampering with evidence.

Lackey, who faces a possible sentence of life plus an additional 22 years in confinement, is expected to be sentenced at a hearing next week, according to Assistant District Attorney Melanie McCrorey.

"The Richardson family was grateful for the verdict," McCrorey said. "Larry Richardson Sr. and his wife, Vivian, have shown great class and grace during such a difficult time. I know that this verdict does not bring Larry back and that it was a hard case for the jurors to decide, but today, justice was served for Larry Richardson and his family."

According to evidence presented in court, Lackey shot Richardson once in the neck with a 9 mm pistol after he and his girlfriend, Christina Parker, arrived at the defendant's residence on Morningside Drive to pick up Parker's 4-year-old son, Amir, in late February. Lackey is the youngster's father.

Richardson was rushed to Newton Medical Center by Lackey and Parker following the shooting incident, but he later died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

The defendant reportedly fled after dropping the victim off at the hospital, but he was eventually spotted by Covington Police Officer Stanley Moore and taken into custody.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.