AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A man convicted of murder for killing another man during a dispute over the price of illegal drugs will get a new trial, according to a decision Monday by the Georgia Supreme Court.
Eddie Lee Freeman was convicted in June 2008 of murder in the death of Terrance Devaris Moore on Sept. 12, 2006. He was also convicted of a gun possession charge and was sentenced to life plus five years in prison.
The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the judge who presided over Freeman's jury trial improperly commented on the evidence in front of the jury.
The judge said that Freeman's statements to investigators were "freely and voluntarily given," according to the Supreme Court. The high court ruled that the judge's statement was an improper statement on Freeman's guilt or innocence, therefore a new trial is necessary.
According to briefs filed in the case, Freeman, armed with a .38-caliber revolver, went with two other men to a motel room at the Red Carpet Inn in Augusta to buy Ecstasy. When an argument broke out over the price of the pills, shooting broke out and the lights went out.
Freeman fired his revolver several times, according to the briefs in the case. He also was shot twice in his legs.
Freeman has been in prison since October 2008.