ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - September 5, 2009 Jurors deliberated for nearly five hours Friday before
convicting 28-year-old Kwame Massina of first-degree murder in the
death of 35-year-old William Spearman. The victim's sister and
fiancee wept as the verdict was read, but the defendant looked at
the jury without expression. He faces a mandatory life term without
parole when he is sentenced Oct. 15.
Prosecutors said Massina tried to rob Spearman in the restroom
of the since-closed Trinkle's Cafe on January 31, 2008. A
surveillance video caught victim and assailant emerging from the
restroom and struggling before Spearman was shot four times.
Two bar patrons identified Massina as the gunman, but he took
the stand to deny that he was at the bar that night.
Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com
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