Thames convicted of accessory charge

DECATUR, Miss. (WTOK) - A Newton County jury Wednesday returned a guilty verdict in the trial of Darren Thames, one of nine people charged in connection with the death of Jamarcus Townsend.

Darren Thames (Source: Newton County Sheriff's Dept.)

Thames was convicted of accessory after-the-fact of murder. He'll be sentenced later. A not guilty verdict was returned on a conspiracy count.

Investigators said the shooting death of Townsend, 21, in 2017, was gang-related. Townsend's body was found lying in a carport on Tillman Street in mid-March.

Charges were brought against the so-called "Newton 9" in the weeks following the shooting. Two defendants have yet to go to trial.