No-Show Found Guilty in Court

Twenty-two-year-old Brandon Givens is in serious trouble, and he may not even know it.

The Panama City Beach man was due to go on trial Wednesday on several drug charges, but he didn't show up to court, so Circuit Judge Dedee Costello tried Givens in absentia.

The three-hour trial was conducted with Givens' empty chair at the defense table. It took the jury eight minutes to find him guilty.

Givens could get 30 years in prison, but they'll have to find him first. Judge Costello issued a warrant for his arrest.


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