Verdict Delivered in Baby Murder Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/11/02

Verdict Delivered in Baby Murder Case

Since the crime happened 17 years ago, the court must convict Sharp of the crime as if he was facing trial in 1985. Sharp faced three counts of murder and the one the jury found Sharp guilty of is the lesser of the three evils.

It took the jury five and a half hours Wednesday to reach their verdict of guilty of involuntary manslaughter, a crime that holds a punishment of two to 10 years in prison. However, since Sharp has no prior felony convictions, Sharp is eligible for probation.

NewsChannel 11 has been told that Sharp has already filed for a probation sentence. When the verdict was read by Judge Andy Kupper, Sharp was biting his fingernails. NewsChannel 11 asked him what his thoughts were when the verdict was read. "I feel like I wasn't unfairly treated," Sharp said.

Hockley County District Attorney Gary Goff says there is no such thing as involuntary or voluntary manslaughter convictions today like there was in 1985. It's just a conviction of manslaughter which is still a felony.

For those of you who haven't been following the trial, Sharp was accused of murdering his three month-old son, something Sharp still claims was an accident. But new information about Shaken Baby Syndrome, that wasn't known 17 years ago, caused lawyers to re-open the case and charge Sharp with murder.

Finally, after all these years, Sharp is facing up to the crime, and Thursday, the jury will reconvene and decide Sharp's punishment.

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