Second Trial Set To Begin For Man Accused Of Double Murder

The second trial for a man accused of two murders from August of 2015 is set to begin on Monday. 

Marcus Short is accused of killing 19 year old Garion Johnson and 24 year old Deprecia Neelon just days apart.

Last year, a judge declared a mistrial after prosecutors determined that Short and two other people had contacted a juror through Facebook. Prosecutors said that the three men had offered to pay the juror in return for a not guilty vote. 

Authorities say Johnson and Neelon were killed as gang retaliation after the shooting death of another Bloods gang member, Randell Busch. Neelon was shot on August 6th, 2015 while trying to put out a porch fire. Prosecutors say Short and another man, Preston Pope, set the fire in an attempt to draw Johnson out of a home. Neelon was shot at least six times. Johnson was shot two days later while he was moving his car into his garage on August 8th. Police had been looking at Johnson as a suspect in the shooting death of Busch.

Back in November, a judge handed down two life sentences, plus 150 years, for Preston Pope for his role in the murders of Johnson and Neelon.

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