“I’m happy for the victim’s family,” Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens said after the verdict was read. “After all this time, it’s easy to lose faith in the police, the district attorney and the system in general, but they didn’t. It just goes to say that justice delayed is not always justice denied, and justice came today for the Anderson family.”
According to statements Averett made to a friend and two inmates in the federal prison system, who were all called as state’s witnesses, Averett worked for Anderson as a body guard/hit man, but had not been paid all that he had been promised, including a kilogram of cocaine. He told his three confidantes that he had gone to rob Anderson, but something went wrong.
The two inmates, who Averett made statements to at different times, were aware of details of the crime, including the type of gun used, where the body was left and the fact that Anderson had gone to Birmingham earlier the day he died.
Averett’s cell phone was recovered near the victim’s body.
Averett did not testify on his own behalf, but the defense did call a witness who attempted to give him an alibi. On cross examination, Giddens focused on the fact that the murder had taken place nearly nine years ago, but the alibi witness only came forward last week.
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