Jury finds man guilty in dice game murder

Jamaal Pridgett

Jamaal Pridgett

COVINGTON -- A Newton County Superior Court jury found 20-year-old Jamaal Pridgett guilty this week on all 16 felony counts against him in connection with a murder and shooting that took place at a dice game nearly two years ago.

Pridgett, who's last address was listed as 214 E. Richardson St., Oxford, had been charged with murder and malice murder in the death of 20-year-old Jerome Glover of 6122 Hudson St., Oxford. Other charges included four counts of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault and six counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

"The Covington Police Department conducted a thorough investigation into this case and ultimately that investigation resulted in today's verdict," said Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon. Justice was served. I am also proud of Assistant District Attorney Clint Malcolm for the great job he did preparing and trying this case."

Zon said sentencing was set for Tuesday.

The case against Pridgett stemmed from an Oct. 7, 2008, incident that occurred during a dice game at 3240 West St. Four men were shot, and one, Glover, ultimately died from his wounds.

At the time, CPD Detective D.J. Seals said the men were shot multiple times with a handgun, and when EMS technicians left the scene with them, the trauma was so severe it was impossible to tell how many times each victim was shot.

Detectives were told by witnesses that a dice game was in progress at the West Street residence when Pridgett stood up, produced a pistol and commanded everyone to lie down on the floor.

"Pridgett robbed the victims, shot them and ran off," Seals said at the time of the incident, adding that Pridgett knew his victims and they knew him.