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  • Man found guilty for 2010 Ivy Bend slaying

  • A Stover man charged in the 2010 shooting death of another man from Ivy Bend was convicted Nov. 8 in Morgan County Circuit Court of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and armed criminal action.
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  • A Stover man charged in the 2010 shooting death of another man from Ivy Bend was convicted Nov. 8 in Morgan County Circuit Court of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and armed criminal action.
    James A. Wager, 61, of the Ivy Bend area of Stover was found guilty by a jury at the end of a week-long trial.
    Wager is scheduled to be sentenced in Morgan County Circuit Court on Friday, Nov. 22.
    Wager was charged following the July 15, 2010 incident in which Nathan A. Walker was killed.
    Wager himself reported the incident to the Morgan County Sheriff's Office from the Ivy Bend Fire Station after leaving the scene at Walker's residence.
    Wager called Morgan County a second time and reported his name and address, and officers arrested him at his home without incident. He told officers his story of what happened after the gun was retrieved from his residence.
    According to Wager's account in the probable cause statement, he had driven to Walker's residence to stake it out believing that Walker was involved in some burglaries in his neighborhood. 
    When he got there, the road was blocked and Walker came out of the residence. 
    He was hostile, according to Wager, and leaned in the passenger window of Wager's car where there was a pistol on the seat.
    Wager said that Walker made a comment about the weapon and hurting Wager. When Walker reached for the gun, Wager said he got it first and fired at Walker, then left the scene.

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