Sat, Jun 15, 2013
Stetson Gilliam learned love and jealousy can be a bad combination because it can send you to prison for a long time.
On Wednesday in the 15th District Court in Abbeville, a nine-man, three- woman jury found Gilliam guilty of simple battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
It took them only 25 minutes to come to a verdict.
Judge Durwood Conque, who oversaw the two-day trial, will sentence Gilliam at a later date.
According to evidence presented by assistant district attorney Laurie Hulin, Gilliam was found guilty of beating Timothy Decuir with a pistol on South Miles Street last year.
Hulin had two witnesses that stated Gilliam used a gun to hit Decuir on top of his eye during a fight.
In Hulin’s closing arguments, she told the jurors this case was not that complicated. She named a handful of movies where men fight over a woman because of love.
“This is not a movie. This is violence,” she told the jurors.
According to the state, Gilliam and Christine Williams were former boyfriend and girlfriend. Williams said in trial she broke up with Gilliam that day and that she and Decuir were friends.
But Gilliam did not seem to think so. In July of 2012, Decuir was at Williams’ home on South Miles Street and he walked outside on the porch around 10 p.m. Ducuir testified in court he saw Stetson and his brother Brandon Gilliam, along with Kevin Gilliam, an uncle, on the street.
On the witness stand, Decuir said he walked off the porch and was beaten by all three Gilliams. In court he said he saw Stetson holding a gun in hand.
“Christine’s mother goes outside and tells them she is calling the police, which she does and the Abbeville police arrive,” Christine said in court.
When the police arrive, however, the officer hears gun shots and begins investigating where the gun shots came from. He also runs into Decuir on the streets.
Later, the police found three shell casings behind the Gilliams home, but no gun was ever located.
Gilliams’ mother stated the fight happened in front of her house and not Christine’s home.
After hearing the guilty plea, Hulin was glad . She said while the case was not complicated, the work the Abbeville Police Department did and the witnesses who testified against Gilliam, helped put Gilliam behind bars.
“The state was able to be successful because of the quick response of the Abbeville Police Department and the cooperation of the witnesses,” said Hulin.