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Trial for man accused of murdering local teen underway

One of the three men accused in the shooting death of an Arnold High School student met his jury Monday.

The trial for Demarcus Giddens will begin now that the jury has been seated.

Giddens is facing first-degree murder and armed robbery charges connected to the August 2017 shooting death of Ian Price, 16, in what authorities say was a drug deal turned robbery.

The two other suspects, Gertavious Canada and Rodney Jones, both took plea deals in exchange for testifying against Giddens.

The trial is expected to last until Thursday.

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Man found guilty of killing Arnold High School student last year

 Demarcus Giddens, who is accused of shooting and killing Arnold High School student Ian Price last year, has been found guilty by a Bay County jury.

In August 2017, Price was with a group of teenagers who were involved in a drug deal with Giddens, Gertavious Canada and Rodney Jones. During that drug deal, Price was shot and killed in the parking lot of the CVS in Panama City Beach.

Canada and Jones both took plea deals to testify against Giddens. That happened Tuesday. Jones said Giddens had planned on robbing the group of teens they were meeting.

Thursday, Giddens took the stand, claiming he shot Price in self-defense.

Giddens sentencing is set for October 2nd. He faces a mandatory life sentence.

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