Georgia finds shepherd guilty of killing US family: TV

Published March 27, 2019, 7:12 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Agence France-Presse

A court in Georgia on Tuesday found a local shepherd guilty of killing a US couple and their four-year-old son in a mountainous region of the country last year.

British citizen Jack Shepherd was convicted of manslaughter last year for the death of Charlotte Brown, 24 (AFP Photo/Vano Shlamov)
British citizen Jack Shepherd was convicted of manslaughter last year for the death of Charlotte Brown, 24 (AFP Photo/Vano Shlamov)

A jury found Malkhaz Kobauri guilty of “murder under aggravating circumstances” as well as of rape, Rustavi-2 television reported.

The shepherd was charged with killing Ryan Smith and his four-year-old son with a hunting gun and raping and killing Laura Smith in the mountainous Dusheti region in July last year.

The judge was expected to deliver the sentence on Wednesday. Kobaui, who was born in 1998, could face up to life in prison.

He was arrested shortly after the killings and has remained in detention since.

Investigators said that Kobauri later retracted a guilty plea he made at the time of his arrest.

The bodies of the Smiths were found by rescuers sent to the Dusheti region of the ex-Soviet country after the authorities received reports the couple had gone missing.

The Smiths had lived in the pro-Western Caucasus nation since 2006 and in 2012 acquired Georgian citizenship.

 
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