After deliberating for more than 15 hours, a jury found an Oklahoma City man guilty Thursday of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a lifelong friend.
George Allen Christian, 45, was convicted on three counts, including felony pointing of a gun and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony.
Prosecutors were seeking a first-degree murder conviction in the death of Gary Anthony Williams, who died March 17 following an argument with Christian and a woman inside Christian's home at 3209 Overbrook in Oklahoma City.
Christian's attorneys argued he shot Williams in self-defense. Both were heavy drinkers who were constantly fighting and the night of Williams' death was no different, they said.
A witness testified that Christian pulled out a revolver and shot Williams in the face after the three had been drinking and taking drugs.
Nikki Nicole Williams told the jury Christian, who goes by “Butch,” accused her and Williams of stealing his crack-cocaine.
“He said ‘No one is leaving here until I find my stuff,'” Nikki Williams said.