Man found guilty of beating girlfriend
LaGRANGE — A Troup County jury deliberated six hours on Friday before announcing Eddie James Huguley, 42, guilty of beating his girlfriend with a shotgun, hammer and his feet.
Huguley showed no emotion as the verdict was read by presiding Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon in the courtroom.
The man was found guilty on five of the six charges against him; including three counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Huguley was found not guilty on the charge of false imprisonment.
According to Troup County Assistant District Attorney Brett Adams, Huguley severely beat his then girlfriend, Nikel Walker, with a shotgun, hammer and with his feet inside a home in the 100 block of McGee Street on Feb. 19.
Adams stated Huguley beat the victim with such force, the shotgun broke apart during the incident.
Huguley allegedly kicked Walker as well before ordering her to strip naked and get into bed, said Adams.
Pieces of the shotgun were found inside the home on McGee Street, Adams said. LaGrange Police also discovered the hammer underneath a bed.
Adams showed the jury pictures of the bloody crime scene and weapons used during the assault, as well as photos of Walker’s injuries.
After the verdict was read, Judge Blackmon then informed the jury Huguley was also a convicted felon. The group was sent back to deliberate on a seventh charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“In 1997, Eddie James Huguley pleaded guilty to charge of statutory rape. Because of that he is a convicted felon,” the prosecutor told the jury. “He was within an arms reach of a shotgun when he beat his victim, Nikel Walker, on Feb. 19 … that incident happened while he (Huguley) was a convicted felon.”
Huguley shook his head at jurors as they walked out of the courtroom to deliberate the seventh charge.
The group took less than 30 minutes to find him guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The defendant could be heard yelling at Troup County Sheriff’s deputies as they led him out of the courtroom and into a holding cell.
Judge Blackmon postponed sentencing Huguley until Dec. 12.