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Jury finds Damien Inman guilty of murdering elderly woman

DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A man found guilty of murder spat a prosecutor and struck a deputy after the verdict was given Thursday in a Dillon County courtroom.

After days of hearing testimony at the new Dillon County Judicial Center, the jury found Damien Inman guilty.

Inman was found guilty on all counts of murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and first-degree burglary, according to Darlington Solicitor's Office Shipp Daniels.

Inman was was previously convicted in the death of 75-year-old Mary Alice Stutts; however, the defense said there was an error in the jury selection process and Inman was granted a retrial.

Inman struck the deputy in the face after the verdict was read.

When deputies got Inman off the ground, he spat at a prosecutor.

The Dillon County Sheriff said one of Inman's sisters lunged for Inman when he was taken to the ground by law enforcement, so she was arrested and sentenced to 15 days for contempt of court.

Inman was sentenced to an extra four months for contempt of court.

Inman has been sentenced to 30 years for the armed robbery charge plus five years consecutive on conspiracy plus five years consecutive for possessing a weapon during a violent crime.

Sentencing on the murder and burglary charges will be at a later date due to a recent case law.

Witnesses included people who said they saw Inman in the hours after the alleged murder, Dillon County Sheriff's Office detectives and others took the stand Wednesday.

The key witness in the case is a man who was in jail with Inman and his brother Lorenzo, who is serving life in prison for Stutts' murder. That man said the brothers admitted on separate occasions to being involved in the crime. He said Inman confessed to shooting Stutts himself.

Daniels said the prosecution believes Inman shot Stutts.

However, witnesses, such as a SLED agent, testified Tuesday saying there were no fingerprints or DNA connecting Inman to the crime scene.

"This whole case is based upon testimony," said Thurmond Brooker, Inman's defense attorney. "This whole case is based upon the reliability and the believability of the statements that have been presented."

Inman did make a statement to law enforcement that he was at the scene, however, he said he had been threatened to be there and did not shoot Stutts.

Inman did not testify during the trial.

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