Guilty verdict in deadly Henry County bar shooting

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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - A jury has found a man guilty of murder in the shooting death of the brother of a local city councilwoman. 

Prince Varner was killed at the Red Zone sports bar in October 2015.

Julian Redding was convicted Friday morning of murder.

Prosecutors said Redding shot Varner, the brother of McDonough City Councilwoman Kamali Varner, because he thought Varner had shot his cousin the month before.

Varner turned and looked at Redding after a jury took less than two hours to convict him of murder. She told him what he did was dirty.

That was right before a judge sentenced Redding to life without parole.

"When you see a person running away from you, put that gun right there in your back, in a person's back.... that was a cowardice move and it was grimy," Varner said.

“It was six shots fired,” McDonough police Detective T.F. Spangenberg testified during the trial.

The defense said the shooting was self-defense. Redding's attorney said he will appeal the verdict.