GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An upstate South Carolina man who spent four years in jail while accused of murder has been found not guilty.
The Greenville News reports that jurors acquitted 36-year-old Diderikcous Jacobi Hill on Friday in the 2017 shooting death of 48-year-old James Calvin Hill. The men were not related, according to testimony.
Officials arrested the Fountain Inn resident after being called regarding a shooting. Deputies initially found only a pool of blood, but later found James Hill of Simpsonville dead in a ditch with multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
Investigators said they believed Diderikcous Hill had opened fire after an altercation. He pleaded not guilty and remained jailed for years, in part because of concerns that trial would spread COVID-19.
Eddie Satterwhite, a witness for the prosecution, said he was present that night and heard a gunshot when walking to his car, but did not see who shot James Calvin Hill.
“We have a system where it’s not a rubber-stamp guilty, a system where a jury will listen and apply the law to the facts and evidence and give everyone a fair chance,” said defense attorney Cameron Grant Boggs.