Murder Suspect Turns Self In

The manhunt for the suspect in the shooting death of a Quincy man ends after James McGriff turns himself in. The 34-year-old is accused of shooting Otis Harley to death last Sunday.

"He wanted to come back home and turn himself in,” said Skip Hunter, McGriff’s attorney. “That's why we're here this early hour to turn himself in because he's not guilty."

Escorted by his attorney, James McGriff turned himself in at the Gadsden County Jail around 1:00 Friday morning. McGriff was wanted for the shooting death of 42-year-old Otis Harley.

"No resistance, no anything,” said Chief Gerald McSwain. “Everything just went perfect."

Things weren't perfect on January 30th. Quincy police say McGriff and Harley were arguing over a gambling game in the back yard of 546 Lincoln Street around 7pm when McGriff shot Harley.

"I don't think he deserved to die. It didn't have to end like that."

Harley's sisters admit Harley has been in and out of trouble with the law in the past.

"He was always one that if you pushed him, he would push back,” said Harley’s sister Janice. “But, he had changed so much and the community had begun to love him and respect him and see him as a different person."

Harley's sisters say he'd even been shot before... But, this time was different.

"When I found out it was fatal, it was devastating."

McGriff's attorney says it was McGriff's own decision to turn himself in.

"Knowing that he did turn himself in and he's not out roaming the streets or anything like that, it's a great big relief for the family," said the victim’s sister, Danyell Harley.

McGriff had his first court appearance Friday. The judge did not grant him bond.


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