The jury has found George Black guilty on all three counts in his involuntary manslaughter trial.
George Black, accused of causing the death of Bobby Nibert on January 13, 2011, has been found guilty on all three charges facing him in Ross County Common Pleas Court. Black supposedly drove his pickup truck at Nibert outside the Valley Bar in Bainbridge.
Defendant George Black gave animated testimony of the events of January 13, 2011, where he says his friend Tim Keaton had gone back into the Bainbridge bar but came out under attack by five or six people.
After a thrown bottle bounced though his truck, and Keaton fought his way in and they got away, Black said he went to his Pike County home, noticed a dent in the truck, returned to Bainbridge to find out more on what had happened, but did not stop when Keaton said his arm was swollen.
Black said he instead dropped off Keaton at his Cynthiana home in order to take himself to the hospital - and then was en route to his own home or Bainbridge when he was pulled over.
Prosecutor Matt Schmidt grilled Black afterward. Closing arguments will be after lunch.
George Black's face colored as he sat - otherwise calmly - listening to closing arguments.
The defense portrayed witness testimony as full of holes, and thus reasonable doubt.
The prosecution accused Black's testimony as being a "self-serving fiction," and that all three counts have been proven by the state.
The jury began deliberations at about 4pm Tuesday and returned a guilty verdict at approximately 6:30pm.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils