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UPDATE: Man found guilty of lesser offense in Fayette murder trial

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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - A jury has found Matthew Gravley of Oak Hill guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2013 shooting death of Gary Smith.

The shooting happened at the Mountainair Mobile Home Park in Glen Jean on April 3. Investigators say Gravley shot Smith after an alcohol-fueled argument. 

Gravley, who had initially been charged with murder, admitted to the shooting during his testimony Friday, but said he did it after Smith had been strangling him.

He told the court he had only intended to scare Smith.

Gravley will be sentenced May 30 at 10:30 a.m. He plans to apply for probation. He was taken to Southern Regional Jail to await a bond hearing.

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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - A murder trial is underway in Fayette County.

Matthew Gravley of Glen Jean is accused of murder in the April 2013 shooting death of his neighbor, Gary Smith.

Thursday was the first day of his trial.

Investigators say Gravley shot Smith after an alcohol-fueled argument in the Mountainair Mobile Home Park, just off Route 19 in Glen Jean.

In court today, the state presented their case against Gravley.
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