October 30, 2009 5:22:00 PM
STARKVILLE -- An Oktibbeha County jury this afternoon found former Mississippi State University student Bobby Batiste guilty of capital murder in the death of his housemate last year at 21 Apartments.
The jury of eight men and four women deliberated for about an hour before returning with the verdict.
Sixteenth Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens called a recess until 9 a.m. Saturday to give jurors a break after what he called "a long week."
The defense plans to call 11 witnesses to the stand during sentencing Saturday to speak on behalf of Batiste''s character. The jury then will decide if Batiste will be executed or spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Batiste is accused of killing 28-year-old Andreas Galanis by way of blunt-force trauma to the head. The pair got into a fight in their apartment after Galanis discovered more than $4,500 was missing from his checking account. He suspected Batiste, now 29, had used his debit card without his permission to rack up the expenses.
The situation came to a head March 7, 2008, when Batiste beat Galanis to death. Batiste told police Galanis attacked him first, but evidence shown at the capital murder trial this week refuted several details of Batiste''s story.
friend of A.G. commented at 10/30/2009 9:17:00 PM:
Thank you for covering the trial. Andreas was a good guy with a bright future. His murder was a senseless tragedy. The District Attorney did an excellent job presenting evidence to the jury. The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office did an excellent job investigating the crime. The Judge managed the proceedings very effectively. The Defense did the best they could do with dismal facts. They jury came to a just decision today.
Nikolapolou commented at 10/31/2009 9:42:00 PM:
Was that punk retarded? first thing he did wrong was kill his room mate, second, he sat there waiting for the police to arrive, "Sure officer, come on in...the body is in the back room!"
retard. thug, killer.
Outsider commented at 11/1/2009 2:40:00 PM:
I am not for the death penalty but I do believed he should have been in jail for life. What he did was just stupid and the things he claim like self defense is a bunch of bull!!! White jury, black, yellow, it does not matter he did the crime now he gotta pay with his own life. What's so ironic is that he was majoring in Criminal Justice and would have been walking in 2 months and he do that?? Senseless.
Nikolapolou commented at 11/2/2009 6:38:00 AM:
Actualy, the first thing he did wrong before killing was making that decision to take his ATM card and run up $4500 in charges.
Obviously he could not man up and deal with the consequences of that theft, still a big leap going from debit card theif to psycho killer. overall a very tragic and senseless crime.
Sasha commented at 11/2/2009 12:33:00 PM:
I agree that this was a very tragic and senseless crime. My condolences go out to the Galanis family. But what about the Batiste family? I think Bobby should be locked up for life without parole, not the death penalty. He has to suffer just knowing he took this man's life. Should his life be revoked as well? I don't think so. Although Bobby committed this horrific crime, deep down he is still a good person.
mindy commented at 1/19/2010 11:25:00 AM:
Sasha - I think if you were the Galanis family, you wouldn't think that "deep down he is still a good person."
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