Macon man found guilty of murder

It took a jury two hours Wednesday to find Erik Estrada Haynes, 28, guilty of the March 26 shooting death of 37-year-old Lawrence Chambliss.

The three-day murder trial ended with Haynes also being convicted of four counts of armed robbery, six counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said Bibb County assistant district attorney Nancy Scott Malcor.

Sentencing is scheduled for today.

Two other men also are charged with the murder — 35-year-old Marcus Lashae Newsome of Ash Street and 18-year-old Jerrod Antwain Carter of Mikado Avenue — but their cases are being tried separate from Haynes.

The defense argued Haynes rode along with Newsome and Carter but had no part in the shooting or robbery.

Defense attorney Mark Beberman said Carter went into the Fletcher Street house, fired shots and robbed people.

He said Haynes did not have a weapon and did not help Carter.

The men also are accused of firing shots at 682 Pebble St. minutes before going to Fletcher Street, according to court records.

Randall McClinton testified Tuesday that a group of between 15 and 17 men regularly went to 1839 Fletcher St. to play cards, watch sports on TV and play video games.

McClinton said he felt the first shot as it passed close to his ear.

After the shooting stopped McClinton said he saw Chambliss lying on the ground.

Information from The Telegraph archives was included in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.