Farrow convicted of lesser charge
HUNTINGTON – Jurors convicted Quazaa Farrow of voluntary manslaughter.
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An indictment charges Farrow, 22, with murder in the July 5, 2012, killing of Mikeal Branch. It happened in the 1200 block of 18th Street, outside the Huntington house where Branch, 26, lived with friends mutual to both men.
The jury received the case at 11:51 a.m. Monday. It has the choice of five verdicts ranging from various degrees of murder and manslaughter to an outright acquittal.
Farrow testified Friday admitting he fired the weapon, but told jurors he did so in self-defense claiming Branch was armed with a knife. That stood in stark contrast with four eyewitnesses, all of whom lived at 1243 18th St. with Branch and testified they never saw him with a knife.
Both sides agree the shooting occurred as Farrow tried to calm Branch. It came amid a dispute as those Branch lived with accused him of trying to trade the family dog for marijuana.
Farrow, a Maryland native who has lived in Huntington for six years, and at least two eyewitnesses testified they did not immediately realize the gunshot struck Branch. They agree Farrow then left the scene and rode away in a friend's maroon sport-utility vehicle.
At least one of the eyewitnesses agreed with Farrow, testifying she did not believe Farrow intentionally shot Branch. She believed Farrow fired the gun as a warning shot, which hit Branch as he jumped in reaction.
The U.S. Marshal Service located Farrow nearly a month later residing with a relative in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Read a full report in Tuesday’s edition of The Herald-Dispatch.
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