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McGuire won’t face death penalty

By Walter Geiger A 39-year-old local man charged with shooting his mother to death last September will not face the death penalty. David McGuire entered not guilty pleas to multiple charges May 16 in Lamar superior court. Judge E. Byron Smith asked assistant district attorney Mark Daniel if McGuire would face death and Daniel answered in the negative. McGuire should go to trial in October, Daniel added. He is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, three counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the Sept. 15, 2016 shooting death of his mother, Elaine Brown McGuire. Elaine McGuire was found dead in her Liz Acres Road home by her daughter, Dana Lowe, who went to check on her after being unable to reach the victim by phone. Investigators say Elaine McGuire was shot four times – once behind her right ear, once in the face, once in the right arm and once in the right side of her chest. The facial wound, evidence showed, grazed her face after striking a cell phone that belonged to David McGuire. That phone was found near a couch upon which the alleged shooter was found in a drunken stupor by the first officers on the scene. David McGuire told them his mother had committed suicide.

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