Johnston found guilty of manslaughter

WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - After deliberating for almost four and a half hours, the jury came out, lined up in front of Judge Lester Williamson and gave their verdict.

The 12 jurors found Forrest Johnston, 21, not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter. The judged polled the jury to assure the unanimous verdict.

Johnston was handcuffed and taken into custody. His sentencing hearing will scheduled at a later date. He can face from 2 - 20 years.

Day four of the Johnston vs. State trial started with Forrest Johnston testifying in his own defense.

Johnston was questioned by the prosecutor and his attorney for nearly two hours.

After lunch, jury instruction was given and the defendant's lawyer along with the prosecutor gave their closing arguments.

In December 2012, Johnston was charged with depraved heart murder for shooting and killing Belinda Walters, 41. His mother, Mary Johnston was charged with aggravated assault for shooting and injuring Walters older daughter.

The incident all began when Walters found out Forrest Johnston was texting and sending inappropriate text messages to her 13-year-old daughter.

On Wednesday, Judge Williamson found Mary Johnston guilty of simple assault for shooting and injuring Walters older daughter. He sentenced her to time served.