AUSTIN, Texas — A jury found Kendrick Newman guilty of murder Thursday in the fatal shooting of John Ammon outside a Round Rock convenience store in 2017, according to our partners at the Austin American-Statesman.
The Statesman reported that the jury deliberated for about two-and-a-half hours before reaching a verdict.
Newman now faces up to 99 years in prison.
According to the Statesman, during closing arguments Thursday, defense attorneys said Newman acted in self-defense because he was scared of Ammon during an argument that began in the Wag-a-Bag gas station at Old Settlers Boulevard and Sunrise Road in Round Rock on February 8, 2017.
But prosecutors said the argument was a fistfight, and Newman had no reason to fear for his life and could have left the scene without pulling a gun and shooting Ammon 11 times.
Newman was charged with murder in 2017 after he fatally shot Ammon outside the Wag-a-Bag gas station. Police said Newman ran off after the shooting, but they received a description of him after interviewing multiple witnesses and reviewing store surveillance video.
Newman later turned himself in and was booked into the Williamson County Jail.
For more on the court proceedings, click here.
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