UPDATE: Smith found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Local - 1/17/2014 6:25 PM
UPDATE:

LEWISBURG - The man accused of pushing another man down a flight of stairs that caused severe head injuries that lead to his death was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Antonio Dewayne Smith was convicted by a Greenbrier County jury Friday morning. Involuntary manslaughter is a misdemeanor charge that carries up to a year in jail, according to officials.  

Investigators had said that Smith pushed Ira Harris down a flight of stairs outside a Lewisburg apartment back in February of 2012.  Harris passed away the next day from severe head injuries.

The prosecution was hoping for a voluntary manslaughter conviction. "If you look at the nature of the stairwell -- the grade, the steep[ness], the narrowness of the stairwell -- we felt that the intent derived from the act itself," explained Ryan Blake, assistant prosecuting attorney.

Assistant Public Defender Dewitt Daniell said the jury had a tough decision to make. "It is not as though there are not consequences to my client's actions," he said. "[Smith] understands that…and he did, before the jury, express his willingness to accept the consequences."

Smith remained free on bond and resides in Florida under supervised release. His sentencing was scheduled for March 25, 2014.

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ORIGINAL: 1/17/14, 12:57 p.m.

LEWISBURG - The man accused of pushing another man down a flight of stairs that caused severe head injuries that lead to his death was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Antonio Dewayne Smith was convicted by a Greenbrier County jury Friday morning.  Investigators had said that Smith pushed Ira Harris down a flight of stairs outside a Lewisburg apartment back in February of 2012.  Harris passed away the next day from severe head injuries.

Smith remained free on bond and resides in Florida under supervised release. His sentencing was scheduled for March 25, 2014.

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