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BB gun shooter wants jury trial

Posted: January 22, 2013 - 4:38pm  |  Updated: January 22, 2013 - 4:47pm
McKenzie Ussery, 19, waits in the back of the courtroom in Grovetown with his mother Pamela Ussery before requesting a jury trial for his citation for shooting a BB gun at a cup propped up in a tree in his backyard.  Photo By Jim Blaylock
Photo By Jim Blaylock
McKenzie Ussery, 19, waits in the back of the courtroom in Grovetown with his mother Pamela Ussery before requesting a jury trial for his citation for shooting a BB gun at a cup propped up in a tree in his backyard.

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A Grovetown teen cited for firing a BB gun in the backyard of his home wants to plead his case before a jury.

McKenzie Ussery, 19, pled not guilty to the charge of discharging a firearm within the city and requested a jury trial in Grovetown Municipal Court Tuesday.

Judge Travers Chance agreed to transfer the case to the Columbia County Superior Court, where it can be heard by a jury.

“This is going to be fun one for the jury,” McKenzie’s attorney, David Price, said after court.

Ussery was given the $291 ticket on Dec. 19 after a Columbia County Alternative School teacher reported seeing him firing the gun in the yard that backs up to the school.

Grovetown Department of Public Safety officers confiscated the gun Ussery said he was firing at a cup in the yard.

The BB gun, powered by compressed air, is classified as a firearm. According to a city ordinance, spring-loaded, black powder or compressed air guns are considered firearms.

Ussery and his attorney contend the gun is a toy and not subject to the ordinance restrictions.

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