Cottondale Man found Guilty in Colonial Restaurant Shooting

Chipley, Fla. - The man accused of shooting a Chipley restaurant owner seven times was found guilty Wednesday following a two-day trial.

Emmanuel Lockhart, 21, of Cottondale was convicted of burglary of a structure with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a firearm.

On July 10, Jody Rhoda, the owner of the Colonial Restaurant, was closing Lockhart came in a back door and shot her several times. The shooting began as a disagreement over money Lockhart owed, prosecutors said. 

Lockhart will be sentenced in June. 


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