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Jury finds Hye guilty

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A jury found Terry Hye guilty Friday of capital murder in the 2008 murder of Michael David Porter of Hattiesburg. 

Authorities said Porter was shot to death at a Moss Point convenience store where he stopped with his wife to ask directions to his grandson's football game.

The jury, brought in to Jackson County from Lauderdale County, reached the verdict after less than two hours of deliberation.

In closing arguments Friday morning, District Attorney Tony Lawrence said, "The defense is trying to polish Hye by putting him in a shiny suit and tie and trying to tarnish other witnesses."

Hye is one of four teens arrested in the case. Lawrence said the defense witnesses, including the defendant himself, tried to point the finger at everyone else.  Lawrence told the jury Hye was not an innocent bystander, and that Porter, a Marine Corps veteran, could have fought off a single attacker.

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