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Jury acquits man in bomb incident

POSTED: September 15, 2013 12:29 a.m.

A jury Friday found a Johns Creek man not guilty of charges of arson, criminal damage and use of an explosive device.

Quinton Gregory Smith, 35, was arrested in July 2012 in connection with a homemade bomb that damaged the front of a car at RBM Mercedes of Atlanta-North.

Smith had worked at the car wash on site at the McFarland Parkway dealership, but was fired the day before the incident, according to accounts given during the trial, which began Tuesday.

The jury reviewed video from about 5:30 a.m. July 17, 2012, of someone placing a device in front of a Honda owned by the man who had fired Smith.

Photos from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office investigation showed that someone had ignited a device in a glass jar, which caused heat damage to the asphalt and the car’s front bumper.

Smith’s attorney, Randall Kea Strozier, thanked Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Philip Smith for a “fair trial” after the jury was dismissed.

“The jury made the right decision,” Strozier said. “There was absolutely no direct evidence linking my client to the crime.”

According to Strozier, the state presented a “strong circumstantial argument,” but Smith wasn’t guilty.

The jury started deliberations about 1 p.m. Thursday and reached a decision about 2:30 p.m. Friday.


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