by Byron Spires
James McGriff was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday evening after the jury deliberated a little over two hours.
McGriff had been accused of second degree murder in the death of Otis Harley which occurred January 30, 2011.
During opening statements prosecuting attorney Stefan Grow stated that Harley and McGriff got into an argument over a dice game during a backyard party.
Harley was shot once in the upper abdomen during the fracas.
Defense attorney Mandy Garcia, in his opening remarks, stated that Harley had been the aggressor and that McGriff acted in self defense.
He added that Harley weighed 100 pounds more than McGriff and had a reputation for violence.
McGriff was found guilty on two other charges: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and concealment of a firearm.
Sentencing for McGriff will be held Wednesday at 9 A.M. in the Guy A. Race courtroom annex October 9.