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UPDATE: Jury convicts Boss Saylor on attempted murder charges

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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UPDATED: 5/16/2013 @ 6pm
HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - A Harlan County jury convicted a man of attempted murder early Thursday morning.

75 year old Boss Saylor admitted he shot Clifford Napier in September of last year at the Pine Flat Baptist Church.

Saylor claimed it was self-defense. Prosecutors said it was intentional.

The jury deliberated for nearly four hours and returned a guilty verdict at one in the morning.

Sot Parker Boggs

The jury convicted Saylor on attempted murder, assault, and tampering with evidence.

However, Thursday morning, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the assault conviction.

Saylor's family disagreed with the attempted murder verdict.

The jury recommended a ten year prison sentence on the attempted murder conviction and one year.on tampering with physical evidence. The jury recommended he serve them concurrently.

The judge set formal sentencing for June.

Ten years is the minimum sentence for attempted murder.

Saylor must serve 85 percent before he is eligible for parole.
5-16-13 Update:

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT/Harlan Daily Enterprise) - A jury has found Boss Saylor guilty on attempted murder charges.

The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports the verdict came down about 1:20 Thursday morning.

The sentencing phase will begin at 10am Thursday.

Original story:

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials say he shot one man at a place of worship.

75-year-old Boss Saylor faced a jury in a Harlan County courtroom.

Prosecutors will argue Saylor shot Clifford Napier outside the Pine Flat Baptist Church last fall and then ditched the weapon.

In the opening statements, the Commonwealth’s Attorney and defense attorney gave different stories of what happened on September 19th of last year.

The commonwealth’s attorney says Saylor shot Napier for no reason. The defense attorney says Saylor shot in self-defense.

Boss Saylor is charged with attempted murder, assault, and tampering with physical evidence.

Police say he shot Clifford Napier several times at the Pine Flat Baptist Church where Napier worked as grounds caretaker.

Napier claims he was working behind the church when Saylor came from his home nearby and shot him

Witness testimony began following opening statements but the judge did not allow cameras to record witnesses.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

Both Napier and Saylor are testifying in the trial.

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