UPDATE (6/12/17 3 p.m.):
Monday afternoon, a jury returned a guilty verdict for a lesser charge.
The jury convicted John Thomas of involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor.
Thomas had been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Roy Horton in March 2016.
The defense argued that Thomas acted in self-defense, and Horton’s nephew testified that his uncle was the aggressor in the incident.
Thomas is due back in court on Wednesday when he is expected to be released after already serving the necessary time in jail
UPDATE (6/9/17 5 p.m.):
A murder trial continued Friday in Harrison County.
John Thomas is accused of fatally stabbing Roy Horton in march 2016.
Friday, Clarksburg Police Lieutenant Jason Snider testified that Thomas never mentioned a fight between him and Horton, something the defense argues did happen.
For the defense, a neighbor testified he saw the men fighting, and said Horton knocked Thomas down several times.
The prosecution countered, saying the neighbor is on medications and has short-term memory loss.
The trial will continue on Monday.
UPDATE (6/8/17 5 p.m.):
Thursday was Day 3 of John Thomas’ murder trial and witnesses took the stand when both the prosecutor and defense attorney asked them questions to recall exactly what happened back on March 31, 2016.
John Thomas listened as witnesses took the stand. One of them was the Harrison County Medical Examiner. He described Horton as having one stab wound to the upper chest.
Officers and detectives from the Clarksburg Police Department answered questions about details of the crime scene. Officer Lance told Thomas’ defense attorney that he found a knife, suspected of being the murder weapon, at Thomas’ house two days after Horton’s death.
Officer Lance was shown pictures of that knife Thursday by the defense attorney and he told the defense attorney he couldn’t see any residue on the knife. Stay with us as we bring you more updates from the court room.
UPDATE (6/7/17 5 p.m.):
John Thomas entered the courtroom for day two of his murder trial for which he is accused of murdering Roy Horton, his best friend. Witnesses took the stand to testify but it was the testimony of one man that took most of the day.
Roy Horton’s nephew, Zachary Horton, took the stand and answered questions about the events his witnessed back in March 31, 2016. Zachary was with his uncle and John Thomas for most of that day and was there when the two men started fighting.
Thomas said that he acted in self defense.
Zachary Horton, Roy Horton’s nephew, was asked by both the prosecutor and defense attorney about the personalities of both men. Zachary said that his uncle was known to be aggressive when presented with a conflict. Zachary said that John Thomas was known to be neither passive or aggressive. Stay with us as we continue to bring you updates from the courtroom.
ORIGINAL (6/6/17 4:37 p.m.):
The jury trial of a Clarksburg man started Tuesday. John Thomas’s trial was held in Judge McCarthy’s courtroom with a full jury.
Thomas is accused of fatally stabbing his neighbor, Roy Horton on March 31, 2016. The prosecution and defense both said that Horton was Thomas’ best friend.
Members of the jury were selected this morning with a makeup of eight men and four women.
The jury heard opening statements from the prosecuting attorney and defense attorney. Witnesses testified about the events they saw take place on March 31, 2016, the day the stabbing occurred.
Thomas said he acted in self defense.
The Judge said he expects this case to last a few days and that a verdict should be known by the end of the week.
Stay with 12 News as we bring you more updates from the courtroom.