Jury finds man guilty of reckless homicide in Union Co. double murder case

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UNION COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – A union county jury convicts a man for his role in a double murder in 2017 — but on lesser charges.

Joevionte Simms was found guilty of complicit to a reckless homicide and complicit to burglary.

He was originally facing two counts of complicit to murder.

The charges stem from the shooting deaths of Caesarre Rapier and George Black, Jr. at a home in Morganfield in January 2017.

The jury deliberated for about seven hours before reaching a verdict.

“I was explaining to someone that you could get more time just waiting for somebody to outside robbing a bank. We’re talking about the lives of two individuals that will no longer be here on this planet. And so, we hate the fact that we just don’t feel like justice has been served to us today.”

The jury recommended an eight-year sentence for Simms.

His formal sentencing is scheduled for August 12, 2019.

The full interview with Ron Burkins can be found below:

Original Story

UNION COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – A man charged with murder in connection with the deaths of two people in 20-17 is found guilty of the lesser charge of reckless homicide.

The jury in the Joevionte Simms trial delivered that verdict after about seven hours of deliberation.

He was also found guilty of criminal facilitation to commit burglary.

The charges stem from the shooting deaths of Caesarre rapier and George Black, Jr. in January 2017 at a home in Morganfield.

Simms and two others were arrested following a chase that ended near South Middle School in Henderson.

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(This story was originally published on July 22, 2019)

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